Doncaster Rovers: ‘We’re much better than that,’ insists Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

‘We’re much better than that.’

That was Paul Dickov’s verdict after Doncaster’s play-off hopes suffered a setback at the hands of in-form Peterborough United.

Goals from Luke James and Conor Washington earned upwardly mobile Posh a fourth straight win in front of a season high attendance of 11,520 at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Doncaster dropped to tenth in the League One and host automatic promotion chasers Swindon Town tomorrow night on the back of one win in six – needing a result of some description to stay on the coattails of the top six.

Dickov said: “We’re really disappointed. We went out there with a really attacking line-up and we wanted to try and take the game to them.

“We didn’t get started until they scored their goal.

“As a team and whole unit they performed a lot better than us and probably worked a bit harder than us. You’ve got to give them credit.”

He added: “Over the last few months the boys have done really well and that sort of performance has been few and far between.

“With ten games left there’s still a lot to play for.

“We’re by no means out of it. We’re still within touching distance and we need to keep an even keel on things.

“One thing I do know is that we’re so much better than what we were on Saturday.”

Dickov sprung something of a selection surprise by handing a full debut to new loan signing Jonson Clarke-Harris up front, with Curtis Main starting in a slightly deeper role.

“We wanted Jonson and Nathan [Tyson], with their pace, to get down the sides of them,” said Dickov.

“Curtis naturally comes off short so we thought with them playing 4-4-2 there’d be spaces in between the lines at the tip of the diamond.

“After about 20 minutes they started doing what we asked them to do and we created three really good chances and their goalkeeper made three really good saves.

“But we’re not going to get anything out of games if we give soft goals away, like we did.”

Dickov will check on the fitness of Tyson today after the striker took a hefty whack on his ankle.

James Coppinger, also out with an ankle injury, has also been ill and did not train last week.

Dickov will leave it to the last minute to decide whether to gamble slightly on Coppinger’s fitness tomorrow night or get a week’s training in him before Saturday’s visit to Coventry City.