Doncaster Rovers: We must learn from naivety insists Dickov

Rovers' boss Paul Dickov.

Rovers' boss Paul Dickov.

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Paul Dickov says Rovers must learn to be a little more conservative after falling to defeat in injury time at Queens Park Rangers.

Rovers went positive after winning a free kick close to the corner flag midway through the four added on minutes at Loftus Road.

But QPR cleared and broke up the pitch with Charlie Austin heading home a deep cross to see the hosts snatch all three points.

“From our point of view maybe we’ve shown a bit of naivety with what we did with the free kick,” Dickov said. “There was a lot of positivity by the players in trying to get the winner.

“But sometimes against the best team in the division at 1-1 you perhaps have to get two on the ball in that situation, try to keep it a bit longer and see the game out.

“Instead we put the ball in the box trying to get the winner, they’ve broken up the pitch and scored.

“We’ll have to learn from that.”

Though disappointed to leave the capital with a result not justified by the performance, Dickov was pleased with the growing confidence shown by his side.

In particular, he praised the defence and the contribution of Liam Wakefield and Luke McCullough.

He said: “I think the two 19-year-olds deserve a massive pat on the back up against the likes of Hoilett, Phillips, Kranjcar, Austin and Johnson.

“I thought they handled themselves fantastically well and it bodes well for the future.

“They will get better with every game, as a back four, as a unit and as a team.

“We showed again that when we get it right, passing the ball well and pressing, that we can really compete in this division.

“I stressed that within the poor run, barring the Bolton and Ipswich games, that we’ve played really well, possibly better at times than we did against QPR.

“We just want to keep the players believing.

“We think we’ve got a good squad, we’ve got a few more coming back from injury and if they keep performing like that then we’ll be all right.”

Dickov attended a meeting of the Rovers board yesterday to discuss transfer targets and a new deal for Richie Wellens who is now a free agent following the end of his short term deal.