Doncaster Rovers: No disgrace in losing to high flying Burnley

Rovers keeper Ross Turnbull dives the wrong way as Sam Vokes scores a penalty to put Burnley one up at the Keepmoat last night
Rovers keeper Ross Turnbull dives the wrong way as Sam Vokes scores a penalty to put Burnley one up at the Keepmoat last night

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov conceded his side were beaten by the better team after Burnley went top of the Championship with victory at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Rovers competed well before the break but were stung by Sam Vokes’ penalty in first half stoppage time.

Federico Macheda - on loan from Manchester United - missed two good chances after the break before a late Rob Jones own goal sent the Clarets back over the Pennines celebrating all three points.

Dickov said: “Sometimes you can make excuses and point to certain things in the game, but sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say you were beaten by the better team.

“I think that’s what happened.

“We’re obviously disappointed to get beaten and frustrated, especially with the goal conceded just on half time.

“I talk to the players a lot about managing the game and we had three or four chances to clear the ball before the penalty” said Dickov.

“If we come in at 0-0, having played well, it’s a different game.

“In the second half we came out and huffed and puffed a little bit but we looked like we were getting back into the game,” he added.

“Kiko had a couple of chances and they have broken away and scored again.

“We’re disappointed but you have got to give Burnley credit.

“They are top of the league and there’s a reason they’re top of the league because they’re a good team.”

While the Clarets are riding high, Rovers dropped to 18th in the table.

Rovers will today check on a shoulder injury sustained by James Husband, while Jones picked up a dead leg.