Doncaster Rovers: The first ‘cup final’

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov is making no apologies for throwing around typical football clichés as the end of the season rapidly approaches.

As he prepares his Rovers side to face resurgent Gillingham this afternoon, Dickov did not hesitate to refer to the trip to the Priestfield Stadium as the first of 12 cup finals in the bid for a play-off place.

“It is the old cliché of one game at a time or 12 cup finals,” Dickov said.

“We’ve got to deal with what is right in front of us.

“The players and staff were looking at the board in the office and saying ‘we’ve got this game and if we can pick points up there then we’re in a good position to go there.’ It doesn’t matter.

“A few games ago we lost two on the trot and didn’t lost our position. We’ve picked up four points in the last two games and other teams have gained on us. It just shows you how crazy it is.

“We can’t look at Peterborough next week or a game in three week’s time because we’ve got a big one next.

“You can only deal with what you’ve got right in front of you and that’s Gillingham.”

In the reverse fixture at the Keepmoat in December, Gillingham came away with a 2-1 win despite Rovers dominating the game.

Dismissing the need for revenge, Dickov says his side could owe the Gills a debt of gratitude.

He said: “If anything, it was the kick up the backside we needed. It did us a favour because we went on a fantastic run after that and got into the position we are now.”