Rovers boss calls for another good run after Port Vale defeat

Doncaster's Dean Furman fires a shot wide for Rovers. Photo: ''Andrew Roe
Doncaster's Dean Furman fires a shot wide for Rovers. Photo: ''Andrew Roe

Paul Dickov has backed his players to bounce back strongly after Rovers’ disappointing 3-0 defeat at Port Vale.

While admitting his disappointment, the Rovers boss refused to heavily criticise his side after the poor performance in difficult conditions, instead opting to back them after their recent strong form.

And he is confident Rovers will mount another good run of form to keep them in the hunt for the play-offs.

“Before Saturday we had one defeat in 11 games, we’ve shown we’re more than capable of starting another run,” Dickov said.

“We’ve just won three on the bounce and have to go and do it again. We’ve got 15 games left. I said after the Walsall defeat that we weren’t going to win every game.

“As long as we can put little runs together and pick up points, whether it’s going six unbeaten or winning a couple on the bounce, it puts you in a great position.

“I’m disappointed and we’re all a bit angry about Saturday but the lads have done great, they’ve been on a fantastic run and they’ve got into a great position which they didn’t look like doing at the end of November. The message is get another run going.”

Dickov opted to not risk midfielder Paul Keegan who picked up a thigh strain against Crewe in midweek.

“With games coming up Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, we didn’t want to risk Keegs because he’s an important player for us,” Dickov said.

Keegan could return to face Bristol City tomorrow night but James Coppinger is likely to remain on the sidelines.