Doncaster Rovers: Dickov expects ‘very quiet’ transfer deadline day

Rob Jones leaves the field with a head wound
Rob Jones leaves the field with a head wound
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Paul Dickov insists it will be a quiet Monday in terms of transfer activity at Doncaster Rovers today.

The Rovers boss spoke following their 2-0 defeat to Oldham and quashed any possibility of Doncaster entering the transfer market before the window shuts at 11pm tonight.

He also confirmed that Richie Wellens’ signing a two-year contract was “done and dusted” on Saturday morning.

“It’ll be very quiet [for Rovers] on Monday night,” said the former Oldham chief.

When asked if there would be any comings or goings, he added: “Not that I know of.”

One of the few positives to come from Rovers’ 2-0 defeat to Oldham on Saturday was that an injury to skipper Rob Jones was not as bad as first feared.

The towering skipper returned to the first team for the visit of the Latics but fell into a crumpled heap alongside Latics defender George Elokobi following a robust collision in the second half.

Both players eventually got to their feet, and a bloodied Jones needed a bandage on his head.

But Dickov confirmed that Jones - who spent the majority of last season sidelined with a head and neck injury - was fine following the scare.

“He’s okay. Everytime the big man goes down, people are wondering whether it’s going to be his neck again,” Dickov added.

“He’s got stitches above his eye, he’s got quite a nasty cut.”

Dickov couldn’t hide his disappointment as Jonson Clarke-Harris’s fourth minute opener was complemented by a 59th minute penalty from Jonathan Forte as Oldham rallied to their first win of the League One season.

“After the last three performances we came in with a bit of confidence but it just didn’t happen for us,” the Rovers chief admitted.

“To concede from a set-piece within the first minutes of the game puts you on the backfoot straight away.

“I’ve got to give Oldham credit. They played well and were the better team.”

He went on: “Two or three of them looked a bit jaded, the spark that we’ve had the last few games wasn’t there.”