Doncaster Rovers: Find that Swindon spirit again urges Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov says Rovers must do what they have already done this season – use a match with Swindon as a springboard for their promotion push.

After beating then top of the table Swindon at the County Ground in December, Rovers embarked on a superb run which saw them lose just once in their proceeding ten league matches to put them in serious play-off contention.

And after slumping to tenth following a disappointing performance against Peterborough on Saturday, Dickov wants his side to harness the spirit of the pre-Christmas clash with the Robins to get them back on track with a win over Swindon tonight.

“They were the best team in the division by a country mile in terms of performances and results when we played them,” Dickov said. “It gave the players a lot of belief, going away from home against the best in the league and putting a performance in to get the win. Then we were onto something.

“That really kicked us on over the Christmas period and probably is the reason why we’re sat in the position we’re in now.

“We go into the game with a lot of confidence tomorrow night. It’s really important that we’re positive because it’s a big game for us.”

James Coppinger is set for a late fitness test ahead of tonight’s game but Dickov may opt to not risk the midfielder.

Nathan Tyson, Harry Forrester, Andy Butler and Dean Furman have all shaken off knocks.