Doncaster Rovers: Dickov wants a Bright response

Richie Wellens
Richie Wellens

Paul Dickov expects a reaction from his players against Brighton & Hove Albion as they look to erase the horror show on Teesside.

Costly individual errors saw Rovers endure a 4-0 thumping at Middlesbrough on Friday in the Championship - a performance and result Dickov does not want to repeat.

He was furious following the final whistle and let his players know his displeasure with extra training enforced on the Doncaster squad.

“For the first time we had a group of individuals out there [against Middlesbrough],” said Dickov.

“We pride ourselves - as I have said a lot before - on our togetherness that we have got here.

“The four goals that we conceded were all individual errors and individually we weren’t doing the right things for the team.

“I want players out there who want to do the right things.”

He went on: “If we try and do the right things on the football pitch then I’ll back them all the way.

“I didn’t see any of that on Friday night.”

The performance at the Riverside also led to Dickov asking questions of his squad.

He said he would not be frightened to change personnel for Saturday or bring in loan signings if necessary (see more on page 52).

The Rovers chief has the luxury of an injury-free squad - barring long-term absentees such as James Husband and Harry Forrester -to face the Seagulls tomorrow.

Doncaster will also be boosted by the return of Richie Wellens following suspension.

“Injury-wise everybody is fine.

“We have trained well, fitness-wise and squad-wise everybody is looking good for Saturday,” Dickov said.

“They [Brighton] are a good footballing team.

“The manager [former Barcelona midfielder Oscar Garcia[ has picked up where Gus [Poyet - ex Brighton boss] has left off and they pass the ball well too.

“I want a reaction from my team.

“We are the home team, we want to go out and win the game.

“They are a good bunch, that’s why I’m pretty sure we will get a reaction on Saturday.”