PAUL Dickov is looking for a positive response from his players as Doncaster Rovers’ season lurches towards crisis point.
Rovers have lost their last three games and fallen from a seeming position of strength in the battle againt Championship relegation to a perilous position.But Dickov has a fine pedigree in getting a reaction from players when he demands it.
In the wake of a 5-0 drubbing at Bournemouth on March 8, Dickov challenged his players to bounce back, which they did by claiming 10 points from their next four games.
They may only need half as many from the remaining four games to secure their second-tier status this time, but Dickov is sounding the rallying call nonetheless.
“I’ll be reminding them of the games where we’ve been up against it and are off the back of a bad run but we’ve still got a reaction,” said Dickov.
“If we’ve got to fight and scrap then that’s what we’ll do.
“Let‘s not forget that there’s five teams below us. It may only be one win, but everybody has to win their games and I’d much rather be where we are.
“You’ve got to be careful not to take your eye off the ball. We could win both games and still be in the same position and lose both games and still be in the same position. So it’s important that we focus on what happens here. As much as we’re all disappointed, they can take belief from the last few games that we’ve played.”
Rovers have been given a timely reminder of the need to stay in the Championship this season with the announcement of their finances for the year they spent in League One.
The report covers the 13-month period from June 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, and reveals the club lost £4.38m, an increase from the £3.32m loss during the previous year.
The drop into the third tier saw revenues take a major hit, decreasing from £8.28m to £5.25m. while the club’s overall debt jumped from £9.44m to £12.15m.
With those figures in mind, relegation this season has been identified as one of the biggest risks facing the club in the immediate future.
Last six games: Doncaster WLWLLL, Derby WLWLWW.
Last time: Doncaster 1 Derby 2; March 17, 2012; Championship.
Referee: S Hooper (Wiltshire).