Doncaster Rovers: The bold and the brave

Paul Dickov says it was a difficult decision to drop David Cotterill on Saturday.

Paul Dickov says it was a difficult decision to drop David Cotterill on Saturday.

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Self belief is driving Rovers’ bold new approach to games according to Paul Dickov.

It was an attack-minded Rovers that took on promotion-chasing Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

And Dickov says belief in they are improving game by game empowers his side.

“We’ve got to have a positive frame of mind and keep the belief we’re doing the right things and getting better,” Dickov said.

“There’s a fantastic spirit about the place and I feel we can get even better. The players are buying into that.

“They have to take a lot of credit for going out there and putting into practice what we’ve asked for.

“We tried a new system against Forest, one that we’d not done a lot of work on.

“We wanted to be bold, we wanted to be brave and get after them.

“With the ball we gave them some real problems.”

Dickov hopes to further increase his side’s flexibility after deploying a 4-2-1-3 formation for the first time against Forest.

He said: “The more different systems we try out the better we can be because you have to be able to adapt. It takes good players to do that.

“It was a difficult decision to make, leaving out David Cotterill and James Coppinger because they have been working ever so hard for the team.

“But their attitude and professionalism was top class. They believe in what we’re doing.”