Doncaster Rovers: We’ve exorcised our home demons says Dickov

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Paul Dickov believes Rovers have put behind them the problem of being unable to capitalise of having the favourites tag at the Keepmoat this season.

Earlier this season, Rovers struggled to pick up victories over sides they would have been expected to beat on home turf with the likes of Crawley, Leyton Orient and Gillingham all taking points from the Keepmoat.

But, as another struggling outfit in Colchester prepares to come to town tomorrow, Dickov thinks his side have exorcised their demons against such teams.

“The pleasing thing looking to Saturday is that we’ve had experience of that recently, and positive experience of that,” Dickov told the Star.

“When Crewe came here, we went to Crawley and Yeovil at home - there was the danger of the same thing happening that was happening earlier in the season.

“We’ve proven over the past couple of months that we can handle it.

“We’re maybe getting a bit more streetwise within that.”

Dickov admitted it was disappointing to see his Rovers side fazed in the first half against League One leaders Bristol City on Tuesday nigth, especially after showing growing confidence in recent home games.

And he wants them to show that confidence again against Colchester this weekend.

He said: “The disappointing thing about Tuesday night was that showed Bristol City a bit too much respect in the first half.

“Maybe subconsciously it came because they’ve beaten us twice and they came back when we were winning here in the cup.

“We just sat off them a bit too much.

“That’s not how I want my teams to play.

“We need to get back at it, get on the front foot and get the fans behind us.”

Dickov hinted it is unlikely James Coppinger will return to the side on Saturday.

He said: “Whether Saturday is going to be a bit too soon or whether we risk him on Saturday is the big question.

“It was similar with Paul Keegan last weekend. There’s the risk of playing them in one game and taking a chance that we might lose them for four or five.

“But James is getting closer all the time.”