Doncaster Rovers: Positivity remains as storm clouds gather

Doncaster Rover's Manager Paul Dickov
Doncaster Rover's Manager Paul Dickov

The situation might look increasingly grim for Rovers but there is only one word on the lips of everyone at the club: positivity.

Four straight defeats plus a revival for Millwall has seen Rovers’ once healthy cushion from the bottom three reduced to a single point.

It always seemed likely that the Easter Monday trip to Millwall would have at least some bearing in the seasons of both clubs.

But following Rovers’ untimely slump and the Lions’ remarkable resurgence to sit outside the bottom three, the term must-win now applies with greater significance than anyone could have predicted just a month ago.

Despite their descent into deep relegation danger, the feeling which hangs over the squad remains one of positivity rather than doom and gloom.

Following the Friday night defeat to Derby, Paul Dickov was asked if Rovers would go for the kill at the New Den this afternoon.

“It’s the only way I know,” was the short, sharp response from the Rovers boss.

Dickov is the architect of the positivity at the club and he believes in his own creation.

Such positivity has infected the squad. That they have bought into the philosophy is most clear when visiting the Cantley Park training ground where the mood is always buoyant.

The very much straight-talking Paul Quinn offered some insight into Dickov’s philosophy.

“Throughout everything, he’s been very calm and positive,” Quinn said.

“He’s given us so much belief.

“We knew that we deserved a few harsh words after how we started the first 20 minutes against Bolton a couple of weeks ago.

“But we took the more positive side out of the game.

“From that we set our stall out to go to Ipswich and be positive. It was the same for Derby.

“The place is upbeat because of all that, rather than focussing on the negative.

“We just concentrate on positivity.

“We just need to focus on getting three points.

“If we do everything we’ve shown we’re good at throughout the season then I’d fancy us against anyone.”

When he insists that he believes Rovers will avoid the drop, it is clear Dickov is by no means saying what he thinks he should.

He genuinely believes it. And he continues to only shine the positive light on the situation.

He said: “We’re still in a decent position, we’ve still got teams below us and it’s in our own hands.

“I would have taken that situation all along.

“Of course I would’ve liked some of the pressure to have been off six weeks ago.

“We’ve had some disappointments but all we say is that we go again.

“We stay positive and believe if we keep doing the right things, as we’ve proved we do, then ultimately we’ll be all right.”