Rovers back in running for play-offs after great rally at Coventry

Boss Dickov refuses to rule out  Paul Keegan for the remainder of the season. Photo:  James Williamson
Boss Dickov refuses to rule out Paul Keegan for the remainder of the season. Photo: James Williamson

‘No regrets’ is the mantra running through Doncaster Rovers’ dressing room this season.

And there were certainly none on Saturday evening after a fine second half display saw Doncaster come from a goal down at Coventry City to keep their play-off hopes well and truly alive.

Rovers’ 3-1 win at the Ricoh Arena edged them closer to sixth spot and ended a run of four games without a win – with boss Paul Dickov also citing what he perceived as an “overreaction” after back-to-back home defeats to Peterborough and Swindon Town.

“It was important we started winning games again,” Dickov told The Star.

“After Colchester we had drawn a couple of games we felt we should have won and then we lost the next two.

“I said to the boys at half time ‘don’t finish the game today or get to May with any regrets’. If you go out there and have a right good go and you get beaten, that happens sometimes.

“But at least make sure you’re trying to do the right things and give yourself a fighting chance, and that’s what they did. They did what I asked them to do [in the second half], which was get the ball wide, get in a good shape without the ball, press, and when we’ve got it keep it.”

Dickov had been arguably at his most disappointed ebb this season after feeling his side deserved at least a point against Swindon last week, so was only too aware of the importance of his side bouncing back at the Ricoh Arena.

“We wanted a response,” he said. “We’ve got good players in the team and we’ve got a good squad.

“Everybody was disappointed losing a couple of games, nobody more so than me.

“But I felt there was a slight overreaction from it as well. We went into Saturday still in a very good position with nine games left.

“Now we’ve got ourselves into an even better position with eight games left – and the second half performance shows what we’re capable of.

“MK Dons is another big game for us. There’s eight left, let’s have a go at it.”

Dickov described James Coppinger’s ankle injury as “90 per cent there” but said he was unwilling to risk the winger on Coventry’s pitch.

Rovers’ boss has also refused to rule Paul Keegan out for the season but also said he won’t push the Dubliner too hard, as he continues his recovery from knee surgery.