Doncaster Rovers: Keep the belief pleads Dickov as hunt for home win continues

Luke McCullough powers a header clear as Rovers kept their first home clean sheet of the season
Luke McCullough powers a header clear as Rovers kept their first home clean sheet of the season
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Paul Dickov has told his players to be brave as their search for an elusive home win goes on.

Doncaster had by far the better of the game - and the chances - against a resolute Crawley Town last night but were unable to break down John Gregory’s side.

After dictating the game for long periods, Rovers were denied with a string of saves from Jamie Ashdown in stoppage time - Town’s goalkeeper who was on trial with Doncaster for much of the summer.

Dickov thought Rovers had done enough to win the game and was keen to exude the positives from the stalemate.

“I’m disappointed not to win the game but it was a lot better than I’ve seen recently,” said Dickov.

“I’m pleased with the clean sheet and but for some fantastic goalkeeping we would’ve won the game.

“I thought we put them under pressure for the majority of the second half, and we also started the game really well and had a couple of great chances from set pieces.

“We seemed to lose a bit of belief as the game wore on but we told them at half time ‘you’ve got to be brave in this game’.

“When things aren’t quite going your way you need to stand up and be counted and go out there and work as hard as you can.

“If you do that fans will appreciate it and you’ll start picking up results.

“How we’ve not won that game we’ll never know,” he added.

“I think there was only one team who wanted to win it.”

Dickov, meanwhile, said he was hopeful that skipper Rob Jones won’t be ruled out too long with a hamstring problem. Jones underwent a second scan yesterday.