Doncaster Rovers: ‘Disappointed’ players will give me a reaction: Dickov

Doncaster Rovers' manager Paul Dickov. Picture: Andrew Roe
Doncaster Rovers' manager Paul Dickov. Picture: Andrew Roe

Paul Dickov is confident he will get a reaction from his players against Preston tonight.

After their impressive start to the campaign, Rovers were humbled by Port Vale at the Keepmoat on Saturday with defending from set-pieces a particular issue.

Rather than ranting and raving, Dickov has pledged to use the patient approach as his squad continues to gel during the early days of the new campaign.

And he admits to being impressed with the players’ reaction to Saturday’s defeat.

“I will get a reaction,” he said. “We’ve been through the game as a group and we know the mistakes that were made.

“But it’s important – and I will probably say this a lot over the next few weeks – that we don’t get too down after defeats or get too carried away after wins.

“The lads were as disappointed with themselves as I was with them.

“With it being a home game we’d wanted to try and build a bit of momentum.

“But we also know it’s going to take a bit of time.

“After one league game and one cup game, we’re not going to have gelled and be fantastic all the time.”

Though disappointed with the defeat, Dickov said he believes it may have delivered a dose of reality to anyone getting carried away by Rovers’ start.

Two victories, particularly the 3-0 win over Yeovil, had raised expectations following a difficult summer.

But the Rovers boss believes people will now have a more realistic outlook on the club’s current state.

He said: “It might have been a good thing for it to happen now in case people inside or outside the club were getting carried away after the two results we’d had.

“It’s a bit of a leveller.

“Performance-wise and results-wise, things won’t be on an even keel for us for a good while yet.

“We know that but it doesn’t take away the disappointment of that result.

“On a positive, when I watched the game back the performance wasn’t as bad as it initially seemed.

“But I’m also not so stupid to know the only stat that matters is the one that says we lost the game 3-1 and conceded three sloppy goals from set-plays.”

Dickov is expecting a tough test from tonight’s opponents Preston, who are managed by a twice former boss of his, Simon Grayson.

North End are tipped to be battling for promotion this term which is something Dickov backs.

He said: “They’re a strong team and, quite rightly, they’re one of the favourites to go up.

“Simon is a very good manager. I played under him twice. I know what he’s all about.

“He’s created a very strong squad and they’ll be right up there at the end.”