Doncaster Rovers: Dickov hails ‘performance of togetherness’

Federico Machedo celebrates his match winner with David Cotterill
Federico Machedo celebrates his match winner with David Cotterill
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Paul Dickov punched the air with derby delight and then hailed a “performance of togetherness” after his side heaped more misery on Sheffield Wednesday.

Dickov enjoyed his finest hour in charge of Rovers as Federico Macheda’s second half header proved to be enough to settle Saturday’s derby - and he made sure he enjoyed the moment with the 2000 travelling Doncaster fans at the final whistle.

Rovers were far from at their best but Dickov was at pains to praise the obvious spirit and togetherness in the Doncaster camp after they dug out a hard-earned three points.

Dickov said: “The subs that came on had a massive impact, and we’re constantly telling the players that if they’re on the bench, or in the squad but not on the bench, it’s a squad game and everyone will be needed.

“I thought our back four and goalkeeper were magnificent too.

“I said to all of them afterwards, if you’ve got that attitude and desire installed in you, not just as an individual but as a group, you’ve got a chance of winning games.

“It’s not going to pretty all the time. But to have that mentality gives you a chance.

“We’ve inherited the spirit of last season and you’ve got to give credit to the lads that have come in and bought into that. It was a big thing for us that we brought the right type of characters into the club.

“Federico scored the winner and, like a few of the others, he didn’t have the best of games.

“But what he did do was work his socks off for his teammates.

“It was a real performance of togetherness.”

Victory saw Rovers move five points clear of the Championship drop zone and leave Wednesday still without a league win.

Dickov admitted afterwards he let his players know in no uncertain terms what he thought of their below par first half display.

“I was disappointed with the first half and the players knew how I felt about it at half time,” he said.

“Wednesday were better than us. They played on the front foot and put us under pressure without really testing our goalkeeper.

“At half time we changed the system and I thought we were a lot better. We kept the ball better, were harder to break down and looked a threat on the break.

“I’m delighted with the three points more than anything else,” he added.

“We’ve been playing really well recently and not getting the points we deserved.

“So to pick up three away from home, especially in a derby game, was really pleasing.”