Doncaster v Bolton: Dickov refuses to feel blue over home loss

Doncaster Rovers' manager Paul Dickov. Picture Bruce Rollinson.
Doncaster Rovers' manager Paul Dickov. Picture Bruce Rollinson.
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Doncaster Rovers host Bolton Wanderers for the first time in 27 years tonight with manager Paul Dickov confident this game will still be a Championship fixture next season.

Wanderers last played at Belle Vue in 1987, since when Rovers have dropped to the Conference before climbing back up.

Dickov’s side have flirted with the relegation zone this season, with Saturday’s 3-1 home loss to Birmingham City leaving them just seven points clear of third-from-bottom Barnsley.

But Dickov is confident Rovers will survive and believes they created enough chances against the Blues to have earned a positive result. “It’s not something that’s going to knock us back too far,” said Dickov. “The players have been fantastic recently and we have to remind them of that.

“We looked at the mistakes and hope they don’t happen again, but we go in to the game with a lot of positivity. We’re still seven points ahead with six games to go.

“If we’d asked anyone in the club, fans would settle for that position, but we just need to get back to winning ways now.”

Dickov will give late fitness tests to centre-back Abdoulaye Meite and midfielder Richie Wellens, while defender Gabriel Tamas could return.

Tamas did a bit of training yesterday but Dickov said: “We’ve just got to be careful, it was a nasty injury and nasty operation, but he’s chomping at the bit I can tell you that.”

Last six games: Doncaster WDWLWL Bolton DLDWDW.

Last time: Doncaster 0 Bolton 4; January 6, 2007; FA Cup.

Referee: Gary Sutton (Lincs).