No slacking! Paul Dickov vows to get tough for run-in

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov is promising to get nasty in his bid to get Doncaster Rovers safe.

The fiery Scot prides himself on his positivity - and he has every reason to be cheerful after seeing his side win seven points out of a possible nine.

But ahead of Saturday’s home derby with Sheffield Wednesday, Dickov has warned his squad that he will come down on any complacency like a tonne of bricks.

No slacking. That’s the blunt message from Dickov as his side aim to build on their three-game unbeaten sequence against the Owls.

He told the Free Press: “I’m going to be on them even harder than I was after the Bournemouth game.

“The one thing you can’t do is take your foot off the gas.

“I still believe there’s more to come from this team. The players have shown me that over the last fortnight.

“So there’s no way I’m going to let them slip back into the performance I got [at Bournemouth] because it’s still fresh in my mind and it still hurts me.

“We’ve got ten tough games left,” he added.

“If you go back to the end of January and beginning of February, we’d pulled six or seven points clear but we got dragged back into it very quickly and found ourselves back in the bottom three.

“We just have to sustain the performances.”

Dickov’s caution was emphasised on Tuesday night when Charlton’s last gasp winner against Bournemouth slashed the deficit between Rovers and the bottom three to five points.

Wednesday warmed up for Saturday’s derby, meanwhile, with an emphatic 3-0 midweek win over Queens Park Rangers.

Teenage striker Alex Peterson this week joined Barnet on loan until the end of the season.