Doncaster Rovers: No monkeying around for Dickov

Rovers' players celebrate Mark Duffy's goal, Doncaster's third of the night against Charlton.

Rovers' players celebrate Mark Duffy's goal, Doncaster's third of the night against Charlton.

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Paul Dickov is keen to conquer the ‘monkey on their back’ - that being Rovers’ inability to clinch two league wins on the trot this term.

For Rovers’ last back-to-back league victories came in April 2013 following 1-0 wins over Tranmere and Swindon in League One.

Doncaster have put together two successive wins this season, back in August, but those were in the League Cup and Championship, against Rochdale and Blackburn respectively.

Going on a winning run in the league has proved a bit of a sticking point for Dickov’s men this term, despite the side currently boasting an unbeaten record from their last three games.

“We want to get that monkey off our back and getting back-to-back wins,” said Dickov.

“It’s tough in this league because we’re playing good teams every week.”

With the welcoming of Middlesbrough on Saturday, Rovers have the chance to set the record straight as they look to push on from the comprehensive 3-0 success over Charlton in midweek.

However, Boro - a side who continue to chip away towards the Championship play-off spots under the guidance of former Real Madrid assistant boss Aitor Karanka - will be no easy task.

Former Real defender Karanka, who left Madrid last year following Jose Mourinho’s departure, took over at the Riverside when Middlesbrough we just five points clear of the relegation zone.

And Dickov - who watched his side crash to a 4-0 defeat to Boro back in October - is under no illusion as to how tough a challenge Saturday’s match will be.

“Middlesbrough are on a good run of form at the minute,” he said.

“But we’ve got a lot more confidence going into this one after our last three games and we want to try and keep this mini run going.

“The manager [Karanka] has come in and got them really organised.

“We know they’re a threat going forward, they’ve got a lot of pace in their team so we’ll have to try and counter that.

“We need to get on the front foot like we did the other night against Charlton.

“He’s [Karanka] got a great pedigree having worked with Jose Mourinho and he’s doing a fantastic job because they’ve been picking up some great results.

“The important thing for us at the minute is that we just keep picking up points.”