Doncaster Rovers boss angered by referee’s inaction over penalty claim at Sheffield United

Happy moment for Rovers after taking the lead
Happy moment for Rovers after taking the lead

Paul Dickov refused to concede defeat in the race for the play-offs but admitted it will be difficult for Doncaster Rovers to finish in the top six after last night’s harsh defeat at Sheffield United.

Rovers could certainly feel hard done by after falling to a 3-2 away defeat, one which leaves them 10 points off sixth spot with just 18 left to play for.

Dickov says his side will have to replicate their performance against the Blades six times before the end of the campaign if they are to have even an outside chance of the play-offs. “You never know in this league,” Dickov said.

“If we perform like that between now and the end of the season - which we’ll have to - we’re in with an outside chance. But it’s going to be difficult. The lads have to keep going. They’re professional. They have to show pride every time they go out on the pitch and I thought they did that.” Dickov was left fuming with ref Scott Duncan, who denied Rovers what seemed a certain penalty when John Brayford handled a cross.

He said: “We try to help the Referee’s Association out by giving our feedback but what is the point when you get decisions like that?”

Luke McCullough missed the game with a knee injury but is likely to return to training by the end of the week. James Coppinger and Nathan Tyson were both withdrawn during the game with knee issues.