Doncaster Rovers: No revenge agenda at Charlton for Dickov

Rain-soaked Rovers after their clash with Charlton was abandoned.
Rain-soaked Rovers after their clash with Charlton was abandoned.

Putting things right is not at the top of Paul Dickov’s agenda as he takes his Rovers side to Charlton tonight.

August’s farcical abandonment of the original fixture may be fresh in the memory for plenty but Dickov insists this rearranged encounter is just another game.

The fiery Scotsman has even conceded referee Lee Collins was ‘probably right’ to abandon the game at half time with Rovers 3-1 up.

“At the time I said it was shambolic but looking back to that game, as much as it pains me to say it, it was probably the right decision,” Dickov said.

“For a couple of weeks after we were looking at the league table thinking where those three points would have put us.

“We’ve got to get all that out of our heads.

“Tonight it’ll be two teams with different personnel. It’s going to be a completely different game.

“It’s another game. We can’t look back to the other one. We’ve got to concentrate on tonight only.”

Rather than sending his side out for some semblance of retribution for missing out on the three points that seemed to be within their grasp, Dickov instead says the chance to open up an eight point gap over the relegation zone is motivation enough.

The Rovers boss says Friday night’s win over Yeovil means they can take a much more relaxed approach to the trip to the Valley, particularly given they head to South London with a five point cushion to the danger zone.

He said: “We’re positive because we can go down there and have a good go at them.

“Getting a victory in this league allows you to go out in the next game and relax.

“If we hadn’t won on Friday night and results hadn’t gone our way on Saturday then we could have been right down there.

“We go with the mindset that we want to go eight points clear.

“And we also want to play with some freedom.”