Doncaster Rovers: Sink or swim time as Dickov’s men enter the final five

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

The Championship’s bottom three may have turned up the heat on Rovers once again but Paul Dickov shows no signs of breaking into a sweat.

Successive home defeats to Birmingham and Bolton in just four days, coupled with a win double for Millwall and a Yeovil victory, have shaved Rovers’ points cushion down to just four with five games remaining.

But Dickov insists he is happy with Rovers’ current position and saw enough from Tuesday’s 2-1 reverse to Bolton to suggest there is nothing to worry about.

“There are still five teams below us and we would have taken that at the start of the season,” Dickov said.

“I saw character in the players against Bolton. I will give the boys credit for their reaction to going 2-0 down.

“When you’re down in that position very early in a game you can either sink or swim and I saw a lot there to give me confidence for the next five games.

“They were relentless in trying to do the right things; passing the ball, putting balls into the box, winning tackles and winning the second ball.

“It would have been very easy against a team with a good squad to have fallen apart but they really rolled up their sleeves and gave everything they’d got.

“If you’ve got players that will do that, it’s always going to give you a chance.”