Wigan Athletic v Doncaster Rovers: Fair play to the manager

Paul Dickov speaks to the match official before ordering his Doncaster Rovers side to let Bury equalise

Paul Dickov speaks to the match official before ordering his Doncaster Rovers side to let Bury equalise

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DONCASTER ROVERS manager Paul Dickov will receive a special fair play award from the Football League following his sporting gesture during last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Bury.

The Scot ordered his players to allow the Shakers to score an equaliser after Harry Forrester had inadvertently put the home side ahead with a freakish goal when attempting to play the ball to goalkeeper Christian Walton.

As a result of Dickov’s gesture, Leon Clarke was allowed to walk the ball into the net to ensure a share of the spoils.

Announcing the special presentation that will take place at a forthcoming match, Shaun Harvey, the Chief Executive of The Football League said: “Every club manager wants to begin the new season with three points, so for Paul to focus on the game’s best interests at a moment of intense pressure is something that deserves this special recognition.”

Dickov added: “I’m actually a little bit embarrassed by all the plaudits to be honest! I think any other manager in my position would have done the same thing.

“One thing we have here at Doncaster within football is a really good name and it was important to keep that.

“The reaction it’s had has been absolutely fantastic, especially with coverage coming from all over the world.

“People have been very supportive and if anything, it’s raised the profile of the ethos of this club which is great for everyone. But away from all that, I firmly believe it was the right thing to do.”

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