Doncaster Rovers: Dickov unlikely to shelve attacking principles

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov has vowed to learn from his mistakes - but is unlikely to alter his ultra-positive approach following back-to-back league defeats.

Rovers’ boss was left fuming after his side’s 4-0 defeat at Middlesbrough, branding the performance “unacceptable” and “embarrassing”.

However, the heavy defeat is unlikely to quell Dickov’s attacking principles, particularly at the Keepmoat Stadium where promotion chasers Nottingham Forest and Leicester City both recently came unstuck.

“I want to be positive,” said Dickov.

“I said when I first came in that, although talk is cheap, I want to be positive and want to try and win every game.

“We talk a lot about players learning from their mistakes, and the same is true for me,” he added.

“When I look back at my time at Oldham, for instance, the substitution at Reading the other week [Theo Robinson on for Dean Furman after 23 minutes] is not one I would have made.

“I’ve got to learn from previous mistakes.

“If I see something wrong in a game I’ll change it if I think I can affect the game.”

Dickov faces a dilemma of sorts this weekend when Brighton visit the Keepmoat. He could recall Richie Wellens at the expense of Dean Furman and retain the 4-4-2 formation used at Middlesbrough, with Mark Duffy and James Coppinger given licence to make it a 4-2-4 with the ball.

Or, on the back of eight goals conceded in two games, he may return to a more conservative 4-5-1 with Wellens replacing either Theo Robinson, Duffy or Coppinger.