Paul Dickov: Let’s stick together and scrap our way to safety

Theo Robinson's return to action was one of very few positives to come from the Bournemouth trip. Picture: Steve Uttley.
Theo Robinson's return to action was one of very few positives to come from the Bournemouth trip. Picture: Steve Uttley.

Rovers’ players will not be hung out to dry following their 5-0 humiliation at the hands of Bournemouth

Instead, Paul Dickov has delivered a simple message to his squad and supporters: “Let’s stick together.”

The Rovers boss refused to divulge what was said in his longest post-game inquest of the season at Bournemouth.

“We stick together,” he said. “A few home truths were told but that is as far as I’ll go. We regroup, pinpoint why Bournemouth were a lot better and we go again. We’ve got to move on.”

Dickov added: “We have to stick together and we will as a staff and a group of players. There’s some big games coming up and we’ve proven through the course of the season that when we’ve got big games we’ve performed.

“We can make a few changes but this group has shown they are capable of playing well and getting results, if you just go back a few weeks ago.

“We owe the supporters. I apologise to the supporters who travelled a long way to see a performance as inept as that without any real energy, never mind the quality.”

Dickov reiterated he believes the hefty defeat will give Rovers the kick up the backside they need to jolt them out of any false sense of security that may have set in.

He said: “This could be a big wake-up call. Maybe they think we’ll stay up easy or they’ve bought in too much to me repeating that I think we’ll stay up. This shows we’re in a right scrap and sometimes it’s not a bad thing to be reminded of.”

Saturday’s clash with Huddersfield Town at the Keepmoat will see the return of Billy Sharp after a three match suspension. And Dickov admitted the striker had been missed. “No slight on the rest of the players but at this level he’s a top player,” he said: “We’ll have Billy back, Mark Duffy and Paul Quinn too. If changes are needed to be made they will be.”

Theo Robinson will continue his comeback from injury after playing the full second half at Bournemouth.