Unacceptable: Dickov slams players after second half capitulation against Bradford

Reece Wabara cannot hide his disappointment as Tony McMahon scored Bradford's third
Reece Wabara cannot hide his disappointment as Tony McMahon scored Bradford's third

Furious Paul Dickov could not hide his anger after Doncaster Rovers capitulated at the hands of Bradford City.

Rovers conceded three times after the break to leave them clinging on in the race for the top six - seven points adrift of sixth-placed Chesterfield.

Dickov fumed post-match and said his side’s woeful second half display had given him food for thought not just for the remainder of this season but also next season.

“I’m more angry than disappointed,” said Dickov.

“I want to give a lot of credit to Bradford because they outfought us, they outbattled us, won second balls and did all the basic things in games you should be doing.

“We did the basic things right in the first half but in the second half we tried to over-complicate it, we didn’t go with runners and made unbelievable embarrassing mistakes for the goals.

“It gives me plenty of food for thought, not just for the end of this season but also looking forward to next season.

“You guys [the media] have seen the goals we’ve conceded.

“I’m raging, I’m not going to hide that.”

Doncaster must quickly pick themselves up ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to Sheffield United, with Dickov insisting there is still plenty to play for in Rovers’ seven remaining games.

He said: “We’ve got seven games left and if I leave people out, not one of them has got an excuse to come and knock on my door now.

“We’re still in this.

“We’ve still got a chance. There’s 21 points to play for and the way the league is, that gives us a chance.

“But we’ve got no chance if we perform like we did in the second half.

“If people don’t want to work hard and stick their foot in, we’ve got no chance.”