Double dose of derby day defeat is painful for 24 year old.Cedric Evina admitted that back to back local derby defeats have hurt him and his Doncaster teammates.
Rovers have suffered successive 1-0 losses to Sheffield United and, more recently, Barnsley.
“It hurts, it really hurts and we have to just stick together and keep our heads high,” said the energetic defender.
“It wasn’t about seeing out the game, we came here to win and in the first half they put a bit of pressure on us but we defended well and in the second half we came out and controlled the game – they couldn’t get out of their half and then the goal comes out of nothing really.
“I didn’t think we competed well against Sheffield (United) all over the park but against Barnsley we pressed them and with a little bit more composure we could have got two or three goals.”
Evina thanked the fans for their support but insisted on a reality check and the need to return to winning ways.
“We got a great backing again, the fans were amazing and the players always want to do well. Since the new gaffer has come in I think all of the players are on board and trying to go in the right direction,” he said.
“We’re not thinking about being in a relegation battle but we have to be realistic and look at the league. We know we’ve got the quality in the team and we’re not getting battered 3 or 4-0, its 2-1 or 1-0 but we need to get out of it.
“Confidence is always going to take a little knock, if you lose two, three, four on the bounce then it’s not going to be where it is when you’re winning. The belief is there though; we know what we’re trying to do and where the football club is going so we’ll be back.”
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