Doncaster Rovers: Don’t panic pleads Dickov

Paul Dickov

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Paul Dickov says panic cannot be allowed to set in over Rovers’ lack of victories at the Keepmoat.

Rovers have not won on home turf since March – a run of eight matches featuring six defeats and two draws.

Though acknowledging the need to starting picking up three points at home, Dickov says there is no need to fret, with the squad still getting to know each other.

“It’s really important that we don’t panic,” Dickov said.

“We’ve come into the season with a squad that’s not necessarily had a lot of time together.

“We always knew it was going to be a difficult year.

“But we also know that we’ve got quality that can hurt teams in this division.

“We need to get back to doing that and we’re not far away.”

Rovers face another tough obstacle in their bid to grab their first home win of the campaign when they welcome rampant Chesterfield to the Keepmoat this afternoon.

The Spireites currently sit third after making a surprisingly strong start to the season, impressing with their entertaining brand of football.

Rather than being intimidated by a side that has netted seven goals in their last two games – six of which scored by hotshot striker Eoin Doyle – Dickov believes Chesterfield’s style could play into Rovers’ hands.

He said: “Maybe that might suit us.

“Even when Preston came here they went 4-5-1 and got everyone behind the ball to try and frustrate us.

“Paul Cook has got Chesterfield playing football and the results have shown that.

“But we’re at our best against teams who play football.

“The Bennetts, Coppingers, Wellenses and our two up top with their pace can come into their own in an environment like that.

“But a clean sheet yet again has got to be the target first.

“Defensively we’ve got to be as good, if not better than we were against Crawley.”