Doncaster Rovers: Dickov puzzled by home and away contrast

Rovers' boss Paul Dickov.
Rovers' boss Paul Dickov.

Rovers’ contrasting home and away form has got Paul Dickov puzzled, writes Paul Goodwin.

Dickov’s side go in search of their first away win in 14 at the City Ground tomorrow.

But it’s a different story at the Keepmoat Stadium, where Rovers are unbeaten in seven in the Championship.

Long journeys have been particularly fruitless for Doncaster - they have lost three on the spin at Brighton, Yeovil and Bournemouth without even scoring a goal.

Dickov has experimented with different travel and training schedules over the last couple of months, trialling London stop-offs and training sessions in the capital.

And while Rovers will look to end their search for a long overdue away win at more nearby Nottingham this weekend, the Scot admits that the discrepancy in results in home and away form has got him perplexed.

“I can’t get my head round it,” Dickov told The Star.

“We do the same things [in the build-up to games].

“We prepare the same, but we’ve also tried to change the preparation too.

“We’ve tried to change the way we travel and we’ve tried to change the way we train - to no avail.

“I’m scratching my head about it.”

Rovers’ last away win - and their only one this season - came at Sheffield Wednesday in September.

Only Barnsley have a worse away record in the Championship.

It’s all a far cry from last season in League One when Doncaster boasted one of the best away records in England, losing just four times on their travels.

Rovers still face trips to Burnley, Leeds, Ipswich, Millwall and Leicester.