Doncaster Rovers: Players are positive ahead of Reading showdown

Jamie McCombe returned on Easter Monday for Rovers

Jamie McCombe returned on Easter Monday for Rovers

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The pressure might be on, but Paul Dickov admits that there has been no better place to be than the Rovers training ground this week, writes Hayley Paterson.

Saturday will prove pivotal in helping to determine Doncaster’s fortunes with the side flirting with relegation.

But despite that kind of pressure, Scotsman Dickov hailed the mood in the camp.

“The training ground is a positive place to be. The players have a lot of belief in the upcoming games they’ve got,” he said.

“I’ve believed in them all along. We knew that our main objective was to stay in the division. We’re all confident we can do that.”

The team have this week been boosted by the appeal success over Abdoulaye Meite’s red card he received in the 0-0 draw with Millwall on Monday afternoon.

“Abdou has been outstanding for us and he was outstanding for us in the first half on Monday as well,” Dickov added.

“I’m just glad that common sense has prevailed, maybe a little bit too late.”

Easter Monday’s draw also saw a return for Jamie McCombe in the final stages of the game. The centre-back, who played a major part in Rovers’ League One promotion last term, has yet to feature this season following a back problem.

Dickov joked: “Jamie told me very quickly after the game that that was another clean sheet he had kept!

“Jamie is a fantastic professional. The last few games - with him being in and around the squad and speaking to people and using his experience - has been great.”