Doncaster Rovers: Barnsley visit is not just another game - Dickov

Rovers and Barnsley drew 0-0 when they met in November.
Rovers and Barnsley drew 0-0 when they met in November.

This is not just another game.

That’s Paul Dickov’s unequivocal assessment of the importance of today’s basement battle with Barnsley.

Rovers could widen the gap to ten points between themselves and the Tykes with victory at the Keepmoat Stadium this afternoon.

And Dickov, once again, is not attempting to play down the significance of the fixture in both clubs’ bid to avoid the drop.

Dickov said: “It’s a derby game - and very much like the Charlton game a couple of weeks ago, I’m not going to play down its significance.

“It’s not just another game.

“If I said anything other than this was a big game, you guys [the press] and the fans would just think I’m talking a load of rubbish.

“You look at the fixture and the first thing that strikes you is the local pride at stake.

“The second thing is if you look at the league table it’s there for everyone to see how important this game is.

“It’s our job to take our good home peformances of late, especially the ones against Wigan and Charlton, into today.

“If we can win this one we’ll give ourselves some breathing space.

“Like every game, to get the performance and the right result, we’ll have to win the battle first,” he added.

“It’s a local derby and the tempo’s usually high.

“The players need fire in their bellies but to keep their composure at the same time.”

Dickov will check on the fitness of Harry Forrester before naming his starting line-up.

He is without suspended pair Richie Wellens and Billy Sharp.