Doncaster Rovers: Take it out on the Tykes!

Rovers boss Paul Dickov.
Rovers boss Paul Dickov.

“Don’t beat yourself up” about recent results, Paul Dickov has told his troops ahead of this weekend’s derby battle with Barnsley.

Rovers make the short journey to Oakwell on Saturday low on confidence after losing three on the spin for the first time in 18 months.

And this week they were stung by an injury to influential skipper Rob Jones.

But Dickov - who admitted this week he’d be quite happy for the season to end now with Rovers hovering two places above the drop zone - refuses to get too downbeat about successive defeats to Reading, Middlesbrough and Brighton.

“It’s important that when you do get a few defeats that you don’t beat yourself up too much about it,” said Dickov.

“There’s always another big game around the corner.

“We knew as a staff, and as a group, there’d be times in the season that this would happen because we’re in a tough league with a lot of top teams.

“This is also a very tight league. One win can shoot you up the table very quickly.

“The run we’re on obviously worries me because you want to win games. But I thought there were some encouraging signs during the second half [against Brighton] - we played with a lot more energy and passed the ball better.”

Doncaster’s dip in form has come at the worst possible time, as they prepare for a crucial November triple bill against lowly Barnsley, Yeovil and Charlton.

Barnsley would leapfrog Rovers, currently in 20th, with victory this weekend.

“One of my peers once said to me that if you can look at the table after a match and you’d be happy if you finish the season like that, you’d take it,” said Dickov.

“We’re not doing too bad at the moment. But I’m not going to say we’re playing really well and picking up results because it’s obvious we’re not.

“I’m scratching my head a little bit [about how results have gone]. We know we’ve got work to do, and we’ll keep doing that.”