Chris Brown: Scoring first has been key to our form

Chris Brown.
Chris Brown.

Chris Brown believes the key to Rovers’ recent success has been getting the early goal - a factor which has helped Doncaster clinch four wins in their last six games.

First half strikes against Huddersfield, Watford and Sheffield Wednesday have all led to fine victories for Paul Dickov’s resurgent Rovers during March.

That was also the case on Saturday afternoon as a David Cotterill thunderbolt and Billy Sharp’s brilliant team goal before the break saw Doncaster compound Leeds United’s misery.

And frontman Brown believes that those first half strikes have been integral in helping lift the club into 18th in the Championship and eight points clear of the relegation zone.

“That’s been the key for the run over the last four or five games, we’ve got the early goal and then gone on to dominate the game,” said the 29-year-old.

“Two-nil was always going to be a dangerous score for us [against Leeds].

“It might’ve been better staying 1-0!

“We were dominating at that point but we hung on for the win and we can’t complain.”

Rovers’ 2-1 win at Elland Road was just their second away succes of the season.

In addition, it was only the second time they have scored two goals on the road in the current campaign.

Brown does not have the answer to their away form but he believes they must learn to respond better if they concede the first goal.

He said: “Look at the Burnley game, you think at half time we were in the game and then as soon as we go 1-0 down we didn’t seem to gather ourselves, regroup and go again.

“We just always seem to panic a little bit and try and get one back straight away.

“We went 2-0 down pretty soon after that. We’ve got to learn.”

Doncaster ended a run of seven league games without a win against Leeds.

Despite Ross McCormack netting his 27th goal of the season in an attempted second half comeback, that goal proved too little too late for the Whites.

And Brown was under no illusion as to how important that win was, adding: “It is a great result, we’ll get massive confidence from it.”