Rovers’ targets unchanged after home stalemate

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov.
Doncaster manager Paul Dickov.
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PAUL DICKOV insists that a continuation of Doncaster Rovers’ goal malaise at the Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday night has not altered his transfer priorities.

Rovers, despite being just a point behind sixth-placed Bradford City after the 0-0 draw with Notts County, have now scored just nine goals in 12 League One home matches this term, the second lowest tally in the division behind rock-bottom Yeovil, who have registered just six times at Huish Park.

Dickov’s side drew a blank at home for the seventh successive time in the league this term against the Magpies, but the Rovers chief says he took heart in the number of chances his side created.

Unfortunately, none could be taken, with a combination of poor finishing and impressive goalkeeping from Roy Carroll thwarting the best efforts of Rovers, who did at least extend their unbeaten league streak to five matches. Dickov, whose three recognised centre-forwards in Curtis Main, Nathan Tyson and Theo Robinson have hit a combined three league goals on home soil in 2014.15, said: “We are creating chances, that is the main thing.

“If you are not creating them, like we were earlier on in the season, then you start to worry a little bit.

“But I couldn’t fault the players. Apart from that little finishing touch at the end, the attitude, application, work-rate and desire to keep try and creating was there.

“It doesn’t matter if we are in sixth place in January, what we are doing is keeping the run going at the minute and looking a decent team who are two points off the play-offs.”

Adamant that nothing has changed regarding his transfer targets after the draw, Dickov, who confirmed Richie Wellens missed Tuesday’s game through illness, with Enda Stevens substituted after suffering a knock, added: “No. We know what we need.

“We are having conversations all the time. You want players to come in and improve your squad.

“It’s difficult to get them out of the clubs because it is good players you are looking at.

“If we can get the right players in, we will do it now because we have got a break.

“It will give the players, whoever it is, time to come and integrate in the squad.”