PAUL DICKOV is urging Doncaster Rovers supporters to keep a sense of perspective following their start to the League One campaign.
Rovers lie in 18th spot in the table after a decidedly mixed start, with some highs, such as the 3-0 opening-day win at Yeovil, combined with several lows, including home losses to Oldham and Port Vale.
The Keepmoat Stadium outfit have yet to win on home soil this term and their run without a home success will be extended to nine games if they fail to beat third-placed Chesterfield today.
But with a host of players leaving in the summer and Rovers still getting to grips with their new surroundings in League One, Dickov feels a little patience is required.
He said: “I don’t want to make too many excuses because we believe we have got a decent team. We saw signs of that the other night and it is just making them believe they can go on a run consistently.
“It has been up and down. When we win games, all of a sudden, we are getting promoted and when we lose games, it is doom and gloom and we are relegated.
“It is about getting an even keel on things. We are seven games games in. People are talking about what a fantastic start Chesterfield have had and they have; they have been great. But if we can manage to beat them, we go three points behind them.
“So it’s early days late.”
On the thorny issue of lamentable home form, with Rovers without a win since March 22, he added: “We are aware of it and of the need to starting picking up wins.
“The pleasing thing for me (on Tuesday) was the reaction of the fans to the players at the end of the game the other night. I keep stressing to the players if they keep giving everything they have got and go right to the end, the fans will back them.”