Paul Dickov has delivered a fairly frank and honest assessment of Doncaster’s up and down season - and says the onus is now on being better.
The Scot says Rovers raised expectations by breaking into the top six in February and their final position of 13th was roughly the sort of position that the ‘majority of people’ would have plumped for before a ball was kicked.
He highlighted the progress of the club’s younger players as one of the highlights of his second campaign in charge of Rovers.
When asked for his initial reflections on the season, Dickov replied: “Disappointing.
“We knew at the start of the season it was going to be difficult.
“We managed to turn that around round about January time and if anything a couple of months ago we probably raised expectations by getting in the play-off positions.
“We finished round about roughly the sort of position that the majority of people would’ve said at the start of the season, after the summer we had. The table doesn’t lie.
“It’s probably round about where we’d thought we’d be, with a view of kicking on.
“I don’t like the word ‘consolidating’. It was about us having a decent season this year.
“I know that’s not what everyone wants but we knew it was going to be hard.
“We’ve always had a view of retaining our better players, starting to bring a few more of our kids through - and I think they’ve done excellently.
“The process started quite a while ago looking ahead to next season. We do want to be better. We want to be up there.”