Doncaster Rovers: Luck deserts lowly Rovers

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Paul Dickov says Doncaster Rovers must move on and put a difficult weekend behind them after losing at bottom side Yeovil.

A broken down team coach plus illnesses for strike pairing Chris Brown and Jordan Bowery presented a testing prelude to the disappointing 1-0 defeat at Huish Park last weekend, sealed with a penalty from former Rovers favourite James Hayter.

“We’ll get on and put this weekend behind us,” said Rovers boss Dickov.

“Our journey down ended up taking eight hours on the Friday which wasn’t ideal but these things happen.

“I’ve got to give a lot of credit to Jordan and Browny.

“Jordan didn’t travel down with us on Friday and stayed away from the team hotel because he was feeling really poorly. Browny got up on Saturday morning and was feeling poorly as well.

“They were both touch and go over whether they’d play, particularly Jordan.

“The shift they’ve both tried to put in for us today was admirable on their part because they possibly shouldn’t have played.”

Dickov refused to dwell too much on the defeat nor the fact the sides in the bottom three all won, leaving Rovers just three points clear of the drop zone.

He said: “Every defeat is disappointing. We believe we’re good enough to stay up.

“We cannot concern ourselves with what other teams have done or are doing. We just need to concentrate on what we’re doing and pick up points which is something we’ve shown we can do recently.”

Dickov insisted he had no argument with the result nor Yeovil’s winning penalty but felt Rovers should have had one of their own and that former player Byron Webster should have been sent off.

He said: “I’m not a big advocate of players being sent off but I don’t know how their man has not gone. He’s swung his arm and smashed Bongani Khumalo around the head. The referee has seen it but the fourth official tells me he’s done nothing because it was open handed. If you swing your arm at someone’s head, it’s a sending off.

“I though their’s was a penalty at the time. James Husband hasn’t made any complaints about it. I felt Hubby should have had one himself just after that.

“We created two or three really good chances in the second half before they scored the penalty. It would have been a completely different outcome if we put those away.”