Doncaster Rovers: Dickov praises battling spirit

Rovers players celebrate Nathan Tyson's equaliser.
Rovers players celebrate Nathan Tyson's equaliser.
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Paul Dickov hailed the character of his side - and their growing togetherness – after they fought back to rescue a late point against Preston North End.

Nathan Tyson’s stoppage time equaliser cancelled out Chris Humphrey’s second half wonder strike.

Doncaster’s performance was a vast improvement on their display against Port Vale – and the point was the least Rovers deserved for a competent, combative showing.

However, the home side’s night was soured somewhat by Rob Jones’s withdrawal early in the game after Rovers’ skipper agitated his neck – sparking fears of a recurrence of the injury that kept him out for nine months - and went off on the advice of the club doctor.

Dickov said: “That’s the third time in four games we’ve scored in the last minute, or in stoppage time, so that tells you a lot about the players’ belief in what we’re trying to do.

“It shows their fitness is getting better, and it shows there’s a togetherness.

“That’s four competitive games in a row now in which our substitutes have came on and scored.

“That shows me everyone’s in it together.

“The performance overall – considering the result Saturday, considering we lost Rob Jones early on, considering we changed the system – was fantastic,” he added.

“I thought the back four showed a lot of maturity up against a player like Joe Garner.

“We asked the players to be patient and I thought they responded. I thought we moved the ball around very well in the first half.”

On Jones, Dickov added: “He’s okay. He’s a little bit down.

“He took an elbow to the side of his neck and he felt it.

“We’ll get him scanned and hope for the best.”