Doncaster Rovers can’t make a splash again

Federico Macheda tries to find a way through

Federico Macheda tries to find a way through

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Paul Dickov could barely contain his disappointment after seeing Rovers produce a performance he labelled ‘inept’ in the 2-0 defeat at Charlton.

Rovers were decidedly second best at The Valley as goals from Dale Stephens and Simon Church gave the Addicks the win.

“I’m not going to make excuses - we put a team out there who we thought would compete better than it did,” Dickov said.

“It was an inept performance, taking nothing away from Charlton.

“They played on the front foot, moved the ball better and were half a yard sharper than us.

“The majority of the games this season we’e competed well whether we have won or lost but that wasn’t the case.

“The players know what I’m like as a manager in that I’ll forgive mistakes but the least you can do is give everything you’ve got.

“I’m not saying they consciously did not do that because no player wants to lose but we were not at the races tonight. Whether getting the win over Yeovil on Friday night relaxed them a bit too much I don’t know but Charlton wanted it more.”

Dickov refused to reflect too much on the original staging of the game which saw play abandoned at half time with Rovers 3-1 up.

He said: “The performance was chalk and cheese from our perspective.

“But personnel was different for both sides.

“We had six players out from that game and perhaps we could see that.”