Doncaster Rovers: ‘Fresh approach’ for chief Dickov

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov says he will admit some of the responsibility for not freshening the team up after Rovers slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Oldham.

Just one change was made to the side which started against Watford in last week’s Capital One Cup victory for the welcoming of Oldham as young defender Liam Wakefield made way for captain Rob Jones.

However, a flat performance from Rovers ensued at the Keepmoat on Saturday as goals from Jonson Clarke-Harris and a Jonathan Forte spot-kick clinched all three points for Lee Johnson’s Latics.

Dickov did introduce Harry Forrester, Richie Wellens and Theo Robinson in a triple substitution as they looked to level the match following Clarke-Harris’s early strike.

However, seconds later Oldham doubled their advantage and killed off the game.

The Scotsman has since admitted that maybe a fresh approach would’ve worked following the squad’s seventh game in 21 days.

“We were wondering whether to change it after Tuesday night but we decided to go with the ones [apart from Jones] who had done really well for us at Watford,” said Dickov.

He went on: “Maybe I’ll take a bit of responsibility because I probably should’ve - looking back in hindsight now - freshened it up a little bit.

“There were a few lads who have had two away trips and put in massive effort for us and we weren’t at our sharpest.

“It was a toss of a coin as to whether to really change it up and get fresh legs out there [against Oldham] or stick with the boys that had done well [against Watford last Tuesday].

“The performance of Watford was that good, it was difficult to leave them out.”