Paul Mayfield: Dickov does not get the credit he deserves

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Well, we finally got the victory we have been waiting for since beating the former ‘Champions of Europe’ at Wembley,

The monkey is now off our backs. We could not have picked a better time to play Leeds, with all their off field problems.

The way we took the game to them in the first half was excellent and we got our just rewards.

We had to soak up a bit of early pressure but, once we got our noses in front, we stuck the knife in and scored two stunning goals through David Cotterill and Billy Sharp.

In the second half we sat back and let them come on to us. There were a few squeaky bums after former Rovers loanee Ross McCormack headed home but thankfully we kept them at bay.

Despite calls from some Rovers fans to boycott the game, to protest about the high admission charges (£36), we still had almost 800 fans at the game and what a backing they gave the lads.

That was a point not lost on manager Paul Dickov, who dedicated the wins to the fans.

Dickov, I believe, does not get the credit he deserves. From his reaction at the end of the game you could see what it meant to him.

He has picked up some great loan players over the course of the season, the latest being Lucas Neill.

He has picked the team up since that Bournemouth game and he wears his heart on his sleeve.

This Saturday sees a crucial game against fellow strugglers Birmingham City, a team who were expected to be challenging at the other end of the league.

A win against the Blues and we will have one foot in the door to securing Championship survival.

Next weekend is the much anticipated Supporters’ Club Weekender away. We’re stopping over at Great Yarmouth from Friday till Sunday, taking in the Ipswich game.

If past trips are anything to go on, it should be a cracker, whatever the result.

The coaches next Friday leave Retford 8.00, Hare and Tortoise 8.25, Keepmoat 9.00, while bus two leaves Thorne Park gates (South Parade) 8.10, Infirmary 8.40 and Keepmoat 9.00.

We will also be running coaches on the day of the game.