Midfielder aims to mute South Yorkshire rivals.Paul Keegan has said that he and his teammates hope to silence the Bramall Lane crowd when Rovers face Sheffield United in the Steel City on Saturday.
The Irish midfielder made his first league start for over six months in last week’s 1-1 home draw against Oldham Athletic.
“It’s nice to be back fit and playing,” he said.
“We had a draw at the weekend, so picked up a point, we would have liked the win and we created the better chances and were the better team so should have won but it gives us confidence going in to the next game which is a big game.
“It's such a good game, there’s obviously going to be a good atmosphere in a big stadium and with a massive crowd, that’s what you want. You want to test yourself; these are hotly tipped to go back up.
“We’ll see how we do at the weekend but they’re massive games and the big players usually step up but these are the games you want to play in.”
Rovers remain under the temporary care of Rob Jones who has made his mark on everything from “in the canteen to on the pitch” - according to Keegan - and will hope to make it four games without a win for Nigel Adkins’ highly fancied Blades.
“I think nearly every year in League 1 they (United) are the favourites to go up and I’m sure when the atmosphere in the ground doesn’t go well, the fans can get on top of them,” he said.
“They’ve had some good results and hopefully we can get the crowd silenced early on and we can get on top of them early on and see how we go from there.”