Paul Dickov: ‘I’d have taken this position in the summer’

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov insists he would have taken the position in which Doncaster Rovers now find themselves had he been offered it at the start of the season.

Two home defeats in the space of four days have seen Rovers drop from sixth to 12th in League One.

Doncaster now trail sixth-placed Barnsley by four points and face difficult trips to Coventry City and MK Dons over the next two Saturdays.

In what previously looked like a make-or-break month on paper, Rovers have collected just two points from a possible 12 in March and have won once in their last seven games.

But Dickov - whose remit this season was simply to finish as high as possible - insists Rovers are still in a good position with nine games left to play.

He said: “I’m not trying to be clever or play things down, or look after myself and the team and the club, but at the start of the season I would have taken this.

“And I genuinely, genuinely mean that. We’ve got ourselves in a good position.

“We’re four points off [sixth place]. It can change very, very quickly. There’s still 27 points to play for, which is a lot.”

Rovers gave automatic promotion chasers Swindon a good run for their money on Tuesday night but once again shot themselves in the foot in terms of the goals conceded.

“We can’t concede soft goals,” said Dickov.

“As much as people talk about systems and tactics, or a lack of quality in front of goal, if you defend like we have done in the goals we conceded we’re not going to win games.

“It’s as simple as that. It’s individual errors that are costing us at the minute.”