Doncaster Rovers: Dickov refusing to push panic button after Derby defeat

Chris Brown goes close with a header for Rovers

Chris Brown goes close with a header for Rovers

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Paul Dickov is refusing to push the panic button after seeing his side beaten by a ruthlessly professional Derby County.

Rovers’ fourth straight defeat - inflicted via finishes of the cultured and predatory variety from George Thorne and Chris Martin - leaves them precariously placed just three points above the drop zone with three games to play.

Millwall and Barnsley, in action today, could really ramp up the pressure on the sides hovering above the drop zone ahead of the Easter Monday programme.

But reflecting on his side’s 2-0 defeat to the Rams - and their impending must-not-lose trip to Millwall - Dickov is keeping his cool.

He said: “I thought the boys worked ever so hard and played well in spells.

“But Derby just had that extra bit of quality.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game and it proved to be just that.

“We’re still in a good position.

“It’s a big one because it’s the next one,” he said of the trip to the Millwall.

“It’s still in our hands - we’re not chasing anyone.

“If the lads show the same sort of effort and commitment as they did last night, we’ll be okay.”

Talismanic striker Chris Brown limped off in the closing stages last night - appearing to add insult to injury on another disappointing night for Doncaster.

But the striker should be fit for Monday.

“Browny’s hamstring just cramped up and we took him straight off as a precaution,” said Dickov.

“He should be okay - and we might have a few others back too.”

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