Dickov’s ‘rocket’ for Rovers

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Doncaster Rovers’ players will have Paul Dickov’s voice ringing in their ears as they prepare to hit the cup trail over the coming week.

And the message is clear - don’t overcomplicate things.

Rovers travel to Dickov’s former club Oldham Athletic in the second round of the FA Cup on Saturday, before hosting Notts County next Tuesday in a rearranged Johnstone’s Paint Trophy area quarter-final.

Despite stretching their unbeaten run to four games with draws on the road at Crewe and Barnsley, Dickov revealed he let fly with a dressing room ‘rocket’ for his players at Oakwell.

Dickov said: “I had a bit of a go at them after the game [on Tuesday].

“After starting the second half very well I thought we got sloppy.

“I thought people wanted to take too many touches on the ball, we started letting balls bounce and we started to complicate things.

“We are at our best when we do the basic things right.

“I congratulated the lads on coming from behind again but I also gave them a bit of a rocket because I felt we got sloppy in a game we felt we should have won.

“We’re a very good team when we get the basics right and play one and two touch football and make the right decisions,” he added.

“We drag ourselves down when we try to complicate things.

“The performance levels for the majority of the game [on Tuesday] were good though. It keeps our little run going.”

Doncaster have come from a goal down in each of their last four league games away from home to earn eight points from a possible 12.

They remain 16th in the table - but go into their cup double-header in good spirits after suffering just one defeat in their last seven games in all competitions.

Saturday’s trip to Oldham is Dickov’s first return to Boundary Park since he left the Latics in February last year, shortly after masterminding a famous FA Cup win over Liverpool.

Nathan Tyson, who missed this week’s South Yorkshire derby with a calf strain, remains an injury doubt.