Doncaster Rovers: Dickov pleased with progress after Boro stalemate

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov said he was pleased with the progress his side are making after Rovers’ goalless draw with Middlesbrough.

The stalemate followed hard on the heels of an equally encouraging 1-1 draw at home to Nottingham Forest last Tuesday.

“I’m pleased,” said Dickov.

“Pre-season’s all about progression.

“From game to game you look for different things that you think you could have done better in the previous game and I got that.

“I was delighted with a clean sheet and I thought we looked really organised.

“We probably created the better chances in the game too.

“I know they had a spell in the second half and they had one in the first half where they kept the ball but they’re a top Championship team so overall I’m really pleased.”

Thorsten Stuckmann made three excellent second half saves to keep Boro at bay but survived a hairy moment when Kike seized upon his poor throw out but blazed his shot high and wide.

Dickov said: “Thorsten made some good saves, although I think he thought he was playing ten pin bowling when he rolled that one out in the second half [to Kike]!

“He’s a good keeper, but I thought right through the team we were excellent without the ball.

“I think we can still be better at times when we win it back.

“We can still be more composed.”

Curtis Main missed Rovers’ best chance to win it late on but Dickov was not overly concerned at drawing a blank against last season’s losing Championship play-off finalists.

“It’s about progression,” he said.

“We’re creating chances and we’re looking well. We’re passing the ball well at times.

“A lot of the lads have not had a full ninety minutes yet, but as we get closer to the season we’ll be looking to be a bit more clinical.”