Doncaster Rovers: Dickov keen to draw a line under Brum setback

Doncaster Rovers' Paul Quinn (centre) celebrates his goal against Birmingham City with teammates Billy Sharp (left) and Chris Brown (right).
Doncaster Rovers' Paul Quinn (centre) celebrates his goal against Birmingham City with teammates Billy Sharp (left) and Chris Brown (right).
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In typically bullish fashion, Paul Dickov was keen to immediately draw a line under Doncaster’s “self-inflicted” defeat to Birmingham City.

“And we go again,” declared Rovers’ defiant boss as he slammed his hands on the table to end his post-match press conference following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat.

Dickov’s body language was a reflection of his anger at how his side had pushed the self-destruct button after leading through Paul Quinn’s second goal of the season.

It probably reflected too his frustration in seeing Federico Macheda return to haunt his former loan club with a second half brace.

But it also clearly demonstrated that the Scot had already turned his attention to tomorrow night’s visit of Bolton Wanderers. His side daren’t repeat the suicidal defending that cost them victory against the Blues.

Dickov said: “It was a self-inflicted defeat.

“We came in 1-0 up at half time, but if you concede goals like that you’re not going to win games at any level, let alone the Championship.

“Just before they scored their keeper made a fantastic save from Lucas Neill.

“Defining moments like that can cost you.

“A few minutes later we dallied on the ball and it cost us.

“All three goals were disappointing from a defensive point of view.

“We’ve probably had the three best chances in the game too.

“We’ll get a reaction on Tuesday night against Bolton,” he added.

“We’re still in a decent position, it could be a lot worse.”

Richie Wellens and Abdoulaye Meite, who were forced to sit out Saturday’s defeat, are rated 50/50 to face Bolton.