Paul Dickov: ‘We’ve a reyt chance of staying up!’

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Get off your backsides, be proud and go and have a go at Barnsley.

Those were Paul Dickov’s sentiments - perhaps expressed in slightly different vocabulary - in the dressing room after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Brighton.

Billy Sharp is suspended for Saturday's derby with Barnsley.

Billy Sharp is suspended for Saturday's derby with Barnsley.

Dickov acknowledges that this weekend’s South Yorkshire six-pointer with the Tykes will have huge ramifications in the Championship relegation dogfight.

But he remains confident his side - who will be without Billy Sharp for three games following the on-loan striker’s red card at the Amex Stadium - have enough quality to stay out of the bottom three.

Dickov told the Free Press: “It’s a massive game against Barnsley but if we take the second half performance from Brighton into this weekend then we’ve got a great chance of winning.

“I told the players [after the game on Saturday] in the dressing room ‘get off your backsides and be proud of your performance’.

“I keep saying we’ll not play well every week.

“But if I get the same effort, desire and commitment as they showed on Saturday, I’ll back them all the way - win, lose or draw.

“We’re not stupid enough to dismiss it that we’re down there, because we know we are,” he added.

“But with the players we’ve got coming back from injury, and the ones we’ve been able to bring in, I think anybody that has seen us over the last few weeks will realise we’ve got a right good chance of getting out of it.

“We’ve just been on a mini-run of four games, including three clean sheets.

“I’m confident we can go on another one now.”

Doncaster, still five points clear of the drop zone, can put clear daylight (ten points) between themselves and Barnsley with victory this weekend.

With Harry Forrester still struggling for fitness, David Cotterill is in line to replace the suspended Sharp in Saturday’s starting line-up.

Richie Wellens remains absent, serving the final game of his two-match ban.