Doncaster Rovers: Dickov gets back to basics

James Husband sustained a shoulder injury against Burnley.

James Husband sustained a shoulder injury against Burnley.

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Paul Dickov has stressed to his players that they must do the basics right in order to win games.

Rovers slipped to 18th in the Championship following a 2-0 defeat to high-flying Burnley on Tuesday night.

The scoreline could have been very different had Rovers shown the same clinical edge in the final third as the Clarets.

Sam Vokes’ penalty and a Rob Jones own goal separated the sides but Rovers were guilty of missing a couple of excellent chances after the break.

Dickov applauded Burnley for the way in which they claimed the three points and admitted they could learn a lot from Sean Dyche’s men.

“We want to pass the ball.

“We’ve told the boys that if they haven’t scored after 30 minutes, keep doing the right things and see what happens after 60 minutes.”

Rovers will be hosting Dickov’s former club Leicester City at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday and the Scot is keen for Doncaster to work on certain aspects of their game.

“It is the basics in football that can win you games,” he said.

“We talk about a bit of magic here and there.

“But if we can do the basics right by passing a ball, by getting back into position and just doing the right things (then that can win games).

“I am a bit loathed sometimes to talk about the basics because players sometimes think that when we say that, it can be too easy.

“But they are the things that win you football matches and we have got to learn from that.”

Rovers are continuing to assess the shoulder injury sustained by James Husband in the Burnley defeat.

Dickov said after the game on Tuesday that the early signs were not “too bad” and that it was not a dislocation.

Rovers’ meeting with Leicester City will be an ‘unused ticket game’, the club have confirmed.

This means season ticket holders who have not been able to attend a match this season can take their unused match voucher in exchange.

Valid match voucher tickets which can be used for the home game against Leicester are: Match Voucher 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.