Doncaster Rovers manager Paul Dickov calls for action, not words

'If you want to make the top six you've got to perform on a consistent basis,' says Paul Dickov

'If you want to make the top six you've got to perform on a consistent basis,' says Paul Dickov

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Paul Dickov has sent a very simple message out to his players - ‘talk is cheap.’

Several members of the Rovers squad have said recently the top six is the minimum they should be aiming for this season.

But after the poor performance in Saturday’s defeat at Fleetwood Town, Dickov says it is time for his squad to back up the talk with actions on the pitch.

“It’s ok the players coming out and talking about the top six but talk is cheap,” Dickov said.

“If you want to make top six, and there’s players in our squad that know how to do it, then you’ve got to perform on a consistent basis and dig out results when you’re not playing well.

“It’s going to be difficult for that to happen for us because there are a lot of big clubs with big resources and big squads in this division.

“We feel that when we perform we’re capable of matching those teams but we have to do it on a consistent basis.”

Consistency was very much the topic for Dickov after the game as Rovers followed up good performances and wins over Scunthorpe and Burton with defeat and a poor show at Fleetwood.

And the Rovers boss recognised a pattern was forming in results that must be brought to an end.

He said: “It’s becoming a little bit of a common theme that started right at the beginning of the season.

“We had two fantastic performances and wins over Yeovil and York and then a bog standard one against Port Vale. Then we beat Colchester and Watford when we were really good and then got beat by Oldham.

“And then we’ve just had two fantastic performances and another poor performance on Saturday. We’ve got to get to the bottom of it.

“We need to get some sort of consistency in our play. We’ve got to keep working at it.

“Every time we have a poor performance we bounce back.

“I’ve said to the players that it isn’t right I should be thinking I’ve not a got a problem with Tuesday night, that I know I’ll get a performance against Leyton Orient.

“I know I’ll get a performance from them against MK Dons next Saturday because it’s another big game.

“My worry is Bradford in two weeks time.”