HAYLEY PATERSON: Turnaround is testament to Dickov’s transfer dealings

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Four points from QPR and Birmingham; most fans would have happily taken that prior to meeting Harry Redknapp’s high-flyers.

The latest scalps are testament to the well-organised set-up Paul Dickov has down at the Keepmoat.

Just look at the business he has had to conduct to compensate for Doncaster’s injury crisis. Not many teams would have done as well as Rovers have without their captain, three full backs and a centre half, not to mention midfield and forward absentees.

Luke McCullough has slotted nicely into the back four and Enda Stevens gives Rovers that balance down the left - which worked to good effect in the 1-1 draw with Birmingham on Tuesday night.

Thankfully for Rovers fans, Dickov allayed fears about Richie Wellens who came off at half time at City. The last thing Rovers need is a serious injury to their playmaker.

The stand-in skipper looks likely to start against Bolton Wanderers at the weekend, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Martin Woods got the nod to partner him in midfield either.

This weekend Rovers travel to Lancashire to meet Dougie Freedman’s Bolton, who have lost their last two following a run of eight games unbeaten.

By all accounts the Trotters were poor against Huddersfield on Tuesday night, and Rovers might be making their first trip to the Reebok at a good time.

As Rovers climbed to 15th after rescuing a point against the Blues, thanks to David Cotterill’s thunderbolt, Bolton effectively switched places with Dickov’s men in 18th and sit just four points clear of the drop zone.

The last time these teams met was back in 2006 when Wanderers ran out comfortable 4-0 winners in the FA Cup. It won’t be so one-sided on this occasion.

Head-to-head there have been just nine meetings with Bolton shading proceedings with five wins, Rovers three and one draw.

Verdict: Away win