Doncaster Rovers: Dickov proud of Rovers braves

Rovers' Paul Quinn  heads clear as team mate Gabriel Tamas holds off Millwall's Stefan Maierhofer. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Rovers' Paul Quinn heads clear as team mate Gabriel Tamas holds off Millwall's Stefan Maierhofer. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
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Paul Dickov was left beaming with pride after his ten-man Rovers battled to a vital point at fellow strugglers Millwall.

Rovers had Abdoulaye Meite controversially sent off just before the break but battled incredibly hard to earn a draw with a backs-to-the-wall performance.

“I’m immensely proud of that performance,” Dickov said.

“You talk about players putting bodies on the line for the club, the fans and their team mates - we had that in abundance in the second half. It wasn’t pretty to watch sometimes. To defend the way we did with ten men for so long in the game is a massive credit to the players. It was a big point.

“I want to win every game but to get a point in the circumstances of the game, plus the good run of form Millwall have been on, I’m delighted to take it.”

Dickov admitted to being disappointed with a lacklustre first half performance from Rovers but was pleased with their reaction to what he said at half time.

He said: “We played better in the second half with ten men than we did in the first with 11.

“We brought in Theo Robinson with a view to injecting pace into the team and getting in behind them.

“But our ball retention was poor. I said to the players, how many times do you see ten men getting a result?

“It happens a lot so let’s go do it. We wanted character and patience and that’s what we got. The players were magnificent in that second half.”

Dickov insists Meite’s sending off for a foul on Stefan Maierhofer was wrong but will act with caution before making an appeal.