We might have lost Crewe game a few weeks ago says Doncaster Rovers boss Paul Dickov

Goalscorer James Coppinger roughs it up with Jamie Ness and Ben Garrett. Picture: Steve Uttley
Goalscorer James Coppinger roughs it up with Jamie Ness and Ben Garrett. Picture: Steve Uttley

Paul Dickov admitted that Saturday’s draw at Crewe was a game Doncaster Rovers might have lost six weeks ago.

James Coppinger’s late equaliser cancelled out Uche Ikpeazu’s first-half strike to earn Rovers their first away draw of the season.

Doncaster Rovers boss Paul Dickov on the touchline at Crewe

Doncaster Rovers boss Paul Dickov on the touchline at Crewe

And Dickov, although disappointed his side failed to take all three points against League One’s basement side, was pleased to see his team continue their recent trend of recovering from going a goal down. Rovers have earned seven points from their last three games on the road despite conceding the first goal.

Dickov said: “I said to the boys after the game that six weeks ago we would have possibly lost that game.

“We wouldn’t have come back into it and we possibly would have lost it 2-0 because we would have broke forward and left ourselves open at the back.

“But we showed a great deal of discipline and we were really professional in how we approached the second half.

A flare thrown from the Rovers section stops the game.

A flare thrown from the Rovers section stops the game.

He added: “I’m delighted to get an away point after going behind but frustrated we didn’t get all three because I thought we deserved it.

Rovers are still without back-to-back league wins this season. However, Dickov says recent results prove his side are on the right track.

“Four or five weeks ago we were talking about the lack of consistency,” he said.

“That’s one defeat in six games now so slowly but surely we’re getting that.

“And if we keep performance levels as they are at the minute, and still improve which I think we can, those back-to-back wins will come.”