Rovers have laid down a marker with Wigan performance, says Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

The Rovers squad have laid down a marker for the rest of the season with their performance at Wigan Athletic according to Paul Dickov.

But the Rovers boss insists his side can still be better.

Dickov was baffled as to how his side had not come away from the DW Stadium with all three points after being much the better side.

"It is a marker but I do think we can be better than that," Dickov told the Star.

"You could talk about us being more clinical but I think we were a bit unlucky more than anything.

"On another day, the ones that were cleared off the line or hit the bar would have gone in. It didn't go for us today but performance-wise.

"I don't know how we've not won but the performance was fantastic.

"The boys were outstanding. We went to Wigan, which is going to be a difficult place to come this season, and we should have won the game.

"We've hit the bar, had three cleared off the line and on another day we'd have won very comfortably.

"Performance-wise, looking to the rest of the season, I'm quietly confident."

Dickov felt the energetic performance laid bare how fit his side is, given they were taken through extra time in the Capital One Cup clash with Leeds United just three days prior.

He said: "Considering there was only one change, and the rest of the team played 120 minutes the other night, the fitness levels and energy levels of the players were outstanding.

"To a man, they passed the ball, probed, defensively had a fantastic shape about them, and on any other day we win the game."

Rovers had strong appeals for three penalties with Andy Williams, James Coppinger and Gary MacKenzie all felled in the box.

And Dickov - while agreeing Wigan Athletic should have been awarded one themselves after a foul on Max Power - was angered by referee David Webb's performance.

He said: "The one on Copps, if it's outside the box he gives the foul and the one on Andy Williams, he's ready to put the ball in and he's taken out from behind.

"The one on Gary MacKenzie is a definite penalty. He could have given all three."