Doncaster Rovers: We’re not safe yet insists Dickov

Abdoulaye Meite should be fit for the trip to Nottingham Forest
Abdoulaye Meite should be fit for the trip to Nottingham Forest

Paul Dickov is refusing to take any comfort from what back-to-back wins have done for Rovers’ position.

Rather, Dickov is using the recent surge as part of a warning as to what could happen if results turn.

Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over Watford, coupled with results elsewhere, boosted Rovers to seven points clear of the bottom three.

While admitting his side now had breathing space, Dickov is refusing to let anyone rest on their laurels.

“Our position improved quickly over just two games but if anything, it lets us know how tight it is,” he said. “If we lose a couple of games we can get sucked right back into it which is something we’re very wary of.

“We go to Forest with a lot of confidence. Getting those two wins gives us a bit of breathing space.

“It’s a lot easier looking at the other results after we’ve won our games and it was a pleasure on Tuesday night.

“In the last 11 games we want to extend that gap but if we can’t, we just need to keep picking up points.”

Two wins in four days have quietened the murmurings of discontent which has began to rise after a disappointing four week run.

Dickov insists he lapped up the growing pressure and was delighted to see all at the club react after the poor run.

He said: “It’s the nature of the beast that people are going to be unhappy.

“I love the pressure I get put under and I like to react to it. No one puts pressure on me like I put on myself.

“I’m desperate to succeed. I’ve got a massive will to win.”

Dickov is confident of having Abdoulaye Meite for tomorrow’s trip to the City Ground after the centre half was withdrawn due to injury at half time on Tuesday night.

He said: “Abdou spent Thursday with the physio and will train Friday so he will be fine for Saturday.”

While he may have Meite fit, Dickov is maintaining his hunt for a loan signing defender but admits the search has been a struggle so far.

He said: “It’s difficult because most clubs who wanted to do business did it when the loan window opened.

“A majority of clubs now want to keep their squads intact until the end of the season. That’s understandable but we’re trying.”