Paul Dickov: We owe you one

Billy Sharp returns from his three-game ban today. Picture: Steve Uttley
Billy Sharp returns from his three-game ban today. Picture: Steve Uttley

We owe you one.

Doncaster Rovers have got some making up to do when they face Huddersfield Town this afternoon, boss Paul Dickov has admitted.

Last weekend’s 5-0 hammering at Bournemouth left a sour taste, particularly for the fans who made the long journey to the south coast.

And paying back the club’s supporters with a performance today is a priority, says Dickov.

He told The Star: “I’ve had a good response from the players this week. But there’s no use in responding Sunday to Friday - we need it on a Saturday.

“The players known that they owe the fans, especially the ones that went down to Bournemouth.

“I’m sure we’ll get a reaction.

“We’ll be going out there to maintain our good home form. We’re unbeaten at home [in the league] since Boxing Day so we need to keep that going.

“There’s a big feeling that the players owe the fans and we need to get back on track.

“We’ve shown recently if you can pick up a few results you can drag yourself away from it and there’s a massive determination to do that.”

Also with a point to prove this afternoon will be Billy Sharp, who returns from a three-game ban after being sent off at Brighton. Jordan Bowery is set to make way.

Paul Quinn is poised to replace Bongani Khumalo in the back four after the South African international was ruled out for six months with a ruptured kneecap.

Fellow Bafana Bafana star Dean Furman may have to settle for a place on the bench after only returning from international duty yesterday.