Doncaster Rovers: Billy Sharp interview

Billy Sharp may not have been flavour of the month with one half of Sheffield – and a fair few friends and family members to boot – on Tuesday night.

And if you think he doesn't care a jot, you'd be absolutely right.

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Goals pay the rent and the lifelong Blades fan was probably the happiest man on the planet to continue his sharp-shooting streak at the expense of Sheffield Wednesday.

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The fox-in-the-box put a huge dollop of gloss on his recent scoring exploits by heading a 78th-minute winner against Brian Laws' beleaguered Owls in a 1-0 derby success for Doncaster Rovers.

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Sharp, on loan at the Keepmoat for the rest of the season after falling out of favour at Bramall Lane, sent the Rovers faithful into dreamland following the sweetest of personal strikes.

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The red-and-white half of the Steel City would also have been celebrating, although a sizeable portion of Blades fans would probably like him back to bolster their play-off charge following a cracking run of eight goals in 11 Championship games ahead of the weekend's action.

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Sharp, down in the dumps for the best part of two seasons at the Lane, which culminated in him being transfer-listed in July, is happy to stay where he is – although it's thought the Blades do have the option to recall him during the January transfer window or sell him on if there is anyone prepared to meet their asking price.

But if the Sheffielder has anything to do with it, he'll be firmly staying put and not heading back down the M18.

The 23-year-old said: "I spoke to the chairman before Tuesday's game and I want to stay at this club and want to finish my loan until the end of the season and we'll see what happens from there.

"To be honest, I signed that late and am not sure what is happening at the minute, but I'd like to stay.

"While ever things are going like this, I want to stay at this club."

Savouring his strike against the Owls – and thrilling all but the Wednesdayite contingent in South Yorkshire – Sharp added: "It's a dream of mine to score against Sheffield Wednesday, as obviously I'm a Sheffield United fan, so I was absolutely delighted.

"It's something I've always wanted to do.

"I didn't speak to many of the United lads before the game. A lot of my friends are actually Sheffield Wednesday fans and they wanted me to score, but Wednesday to win. So I disappointed a few of them, but I'm sure they will be happy I scored...

"The Wednesday fans were giving me a bit of stick, so it was extra-special to get a goal."

On whether he pleased the extended Sharp family back in Sheffield, he added: "It's mixed, some support United and some Wednesday, it's half and half really. But I'm not in trouble with my mum and dad, so that's all I'm bothered about!"

Sharp has certainly been given licence to display his full repertoire of goalscoring celebrations of late – and Tuesday was no different.

Following on from his weight-lifting antics in the previous home win over QPR, Sharp treated Rovers fans to a bizarre "raise the roof" routine on Tuesday.

And while his latest strike heaped more pressure on the shoulders of his ex-manager at Scunthorpe – Brian Laws – business is business is very much the predator's motto.

Sharp, who fired a staggering 57 goals in two seasons for the Iron – including 25 in Laws' final full season in charge in 2006-07 – said: "That's football – he'll tell you that. I'm just glad I scored a goal and was buzzing.

"But I hope he stays (at Wednesday), he's a great manager and I wish him well.

"My performance wasn't the best, but I was a bit eager to get on the scoresheet. I needed to relax and the chance came. I tried to get power on the header and I saw Lee Grant got a hand to it and thought he'd saved it at first, so I was delighted when I saw it go in the net."

And on his highly individual exaltations after scoring, Sharp added: "I've been doing silly celebrations recently and people have been asking me to do certain things. But it's the last one now, I've done all the requests and it will be back to the boring celebrations now!

"It was for one of my friends. We were on holiday in Florida last year, so it's something to do with that!"

Sharp is most definitely back, thanks to his renaissance, and he is simply smiles better after his largely unhappy time with the Blades who he left while low on confidence and goals.

The forward needed a sanctuary and has found it under Sean O'Driscoll and he can't speak highly enough of the quietly-spoken Midlander, who has helped him rediscover the goal-den touch which helped carve out a formidable reputation at Scunthorpe and strike fear into the hearts of a fair few back fours.

Sharp's streak has also coincided with hints of an upturn at the Keepmoat and Rovers can approach the festive season with genuine confidence.

He said: "I'm in a little bit of form. I was confident I was going to score if I got a chance on Tuesday. Luckily for me, I did and hopefully I can keep on a run and score more goals for Doncaster.

"We got our first away win last Saturday and have now recorded back-to-back wins and things are coming along nicely.

"I've enjoyed every minute since I've been here. We didn't particularly play well on Tuesday, but the lads stuck in and defended brilliantly and created a chance and we managed to win the game. The gaffer was really pleased about the defending.

"I've got a smile back on my face and am playing football week in, week out. And the goals are starting to come now, which I believed would happen. I'm just thankful they are going in.

"I can tell the manager believes in me just by the way he speaks to me. He gives me massive confidence and has been brilliant with me since I've been here.

"One thing that came out of my time at Sheffield United was that my all-around game came on – if not scoring more goals, which I would have liked to have done.

"Now I'm getting my goals and I feel my game's coming along further as well."