Doncaster Rovers: Attacking improvement needed as Millwall result ‘imperative’ - Dickov

Billy Sharp suffered a kick on the ankle against Derby
Billy Sharp suffered a kick on the ankle against Derby

Paul Dickov insists Rovers must rediscover their quality in the final third if they are going to get the result they so desperately need at Millwall this afternoon.

The resurgence of hosts Millwall has played a major role in why Rovers now sit just a point clear of the bottom three, making a positive result this afternoon vital.

Dickov highlighted an improved attack as key to that, after witnessing a disappointing show against Derby on Friday night, the club’s fourth consecutive defeat.

“The players worked hard but I just felt we lacked a bit of quality,” Dickov said.

“We kept the ball well but a lot of our play was sideways and backwards.

“Maybe nerves have come into it a little bit but you’ve got to give credit to Derby for the way they set up.

“We need to look at it and find a way to make it better.

“I do feel as if that little bit of quality is mising at the minute.

“We know we’ve got it because we’ve proved it throughout the season.

Billy Sharp came in for plenty of criticism for a lacklustre performance on Friday night but Dickov came to the striker’s defence.

He said: “Billy took a whack on his angle early in the first half and he struggled to run it off.

“It wasn’t just Billy who was off it. There was a lack of service to the front two.”

Dickov chose not to play down the significance of this afternoon’s game but did claim, given Rovers’ current position, that any match would be as important.

He said: “I’m not going to claim it’s not important.

“It’s big because it’s the next fixture.

“We go to Millwall to get a result because it’s imperative we do so.

“The positive thing is that we’ve got ourselves into a position where it’s in our hands.

“We’ve got to go with a determination to get back on track and pick up three points. We’re not far away.”

Chris Brown should be fit despite being taken off against Derby as a precaution after suffering cramp in his hamstring.

Richie Wellens, Lucas Neill and James Husband could all be in contention after resuming training late last week.