Doncaster Rovers: Dickov ready for break

Rovers striker Chris Brown shields the ball from Bournemouth's Simon Francis at the Keepmoat Stadium

Rovers striker Chris Brown shields the ball from Bournemouth's Simon Francis at the Keepmoat Stadium

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The fortnight’s international break has come at just the right time, according to disappointed Doncaster boss Paul Dickov.

Dickov offered no excuses for his side’s timid performance on Saturday, describing his team’s display in the 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth as “devoid of intensity and desire”.

Rovers’ second reverse in the space of a week means they have lost three out of five home games this season.

But Dickov, who was left with plenty to ponder following several below-par individual performances, has vowed to put things right during the first international break of the season.

“It’s a good thing [we’ve got a break]. I’ve said all along, regardless of good performances or bad performances, or whether we win, draw or lose, we draw a line under it.

“The thing we always try and do is work at the things we weren’t good at.

“It’s just as well we’ve got two weeks to do that because we weren’t good at a lot of the things on Saturday.”

Dickov was unhappy with Brett Pitman’s 31st minute winner - claiming the striker was in an offside position - but he made no excuses for the defeat.

“We lost the game because we weren’t good enough,” he said. “It was either a case of too many being complacent or too many having a bad day at once. I hope it was the latter.”

Striker Chris Brown said: “Too many of us didn’t perform to the levels we’re capable of and that is disappointing.

“We have to dust ourselves down and prepare for the next game. We are the ones who set the standards and the manager is not going to accept anything below that.”

Meanwhile, John Ryan told The Star that Richie Wellens and Reece Wabara have agreed extended deals until January.

After the game on Saturday, Dickov refused to confirm that the pair had put to pen to paper.

“We’re hopeful the pair will re-sign,” he said.