Doncaster Rovers: It’s time to roll our sleeves up - Dickov

Rovers' boss Paul Dickov
Rovers' boss Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov has called on his players to roll their sleeves up and be prepared to fight and scrap against Crawley Town tonight.

A very promising three-game unbeaten run has been followed by back-to-back defeats against Oldham and Bristol City, which have seen Doncaster drop to 19th in the early League One standings.

Rovers are also still searching for their first home win of the season, and are without a win at the Keepmoat Stadium since March, which Dickov concedes only adds to the pressure on his team this evening.

And the Scot says his players must be prepared to do the ugly things in order to turn both their current fortunes and home form on their head.

Dickov said: “You feel pressure going into every game but I’m not going to pretend otherwise, I think we do [feel a bit of extra pressure at home].

“We’ve played three games here and not won any, and you want your home form to be bang on.

“One thing I always do, and I still do, is believe in my players to go out there and perform. But if teams are going to stop us from playing, we have to start finding a way of countering that.

“We have to roll our sleeves up and start scrapping and fighting, and showing the desire to try and win a game, or get a result, in a different way.

“That’s something we’ve spoken about a lot not just since Saturday but over the last few weeks.”

Dickov admitted that “heads dropped” in Saturday’s 3-0 reverse at Bristol City and has laid down a gauntlet to his players ahead of tonight’s game.

“The lads know that with the small squad we’ve got, they are all going to get opportunities to play,” he said.

“What I want them to do is grasp that. Over the last two games I’ve not quite seen that.

“But they’ve got an opportunity with two home games coming up to show me that they want to be in the team and cement their place - and force my hand not to go out there and get someone else in.

“We’ve regrouped. We have to go into these two home games thinking we can win both games,” he added.

“We need to go back to being hard to beat.

“And on the attacking side of things, we have to start getting more crosses into the box and more shots on goal.

“It sounds very simple, but we have to get back to basics quickly.”