Doncaster Rovers defender Mathieu Baudry faces his troubled former club Leyton Orient today accepting there can be no mercy.
Orient are bottom of League Two and facing relegation out of the Football League, while Doncaster are top and on course for promotion.
The 29-year-old spent four years with the London club and is sad to see how far they have declined since he headed north last summer.
“It’s sad for me as it was a great club with some good people there,” said Baudry.
“The contrast compared to where we were two-and-a-half years ago is a bit dramatic.
“It’s gone downhill since they lost in the play-off final, they need someone who cares about the club to rebuild it and make it successful again.
“They’ve got a young coach, he’s doing a good job of bringing a number of young players through and has the potential to be a good manager.”
It may be top versus bottom, but with just nine games remaining Frenchman Baudry wants Rovers to finish on a high.
After a five-match winless streak in February, Rovers have taken 10 points from their last four games.
Tuesday’s 3-1 victory over Notts County has left them 16 points clear of the play-offs – and fourth-placed Carlisle United – ahead of today’s trip to Orient.
We had a little bit of a blip, but this league is competitive and we’ve started grinding results out againDoncaster Rovers’ Mathieu Baudry
“We had a little bit of a blip, but this league is competitive and we’ve started grinding results out again as we saw in the last game where we came from a goal down to get a result,” continued Baudry.
“We need to stay focused on each game. In football, everything can turn around very quickly so we need to keep our foot on the gas and ensure we finish the season strongly.
“We’ve got talented players. There’s a mix of people who came in wanting to get promoted and others who were here last season and want to make amends for getting relegated.”
After today, Rovers have home games against Plymouth Argyle, Mansfield Town, Blackpool and Exeter City remaining at the Keepmoat Stadium, plus trips to Grimsby Town, Colchester United, Wycombe Wanderers and Hartlepool United.