Doncaster Rovers: No one is getting carried away - Dickov

Paul Keegan tracks Jermain Defoe. Photo: Steve Uttley
Paul Keegan tracks Jermain Defoe. Photo: Steve Uttley
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The Doncaster Rovers squad will not be allowed to get carried away by their impressive pre-season form - at least if Paul Dickov has anything to do with it.

The confidence in the Rovers squad was palpable as they beat Premier League Sunderland 2-0 at the Keepmoat last night, courtesy of goals from Cedric Evina and Harry Forrester.

Rovers keeper Thorsten Stuckmann saves at the feet of Danny Graham. Photo: Steve Uttley

Rovers keeper Thorsten Stuckmann saves at the feet of Danny Graham. Photo: Steve Uttley

But as Dickov’s quest to go unbeaten at home in pre-season continues, he is determined to keep his players’ feet firmly on the ground.

He insists it means nothing if the form is not carried into the opening day clash with Bury.

“Confidence is massive but we can’t get too carried away either,” Dickov said.

“We were 1-0 up at half time and all the lads were really chatty and jovial.

“I did ask them if it was a league game would they have been like that and they said no. I said well, it starts now.

“I won’t let them get carried away because it means nothing.

“It’s great for confidence and great for me to see things that we’re doing on the training ground coming out onto the pitch but at the end of the day it’s a friendly.

“It will be tougher for them in a league game. But if we move the ball quickly like we did in the first half we will cause teams a lot of problems.”

Dickov insisted their were no serious concerns over those players who were absent from the squad last night.

Nathan Tyson, Gary MacKenzie, Curtis Main, Andy Williams, Mitchell Lund, Richard Chaplow and Jack McKay all missed out but the Rovers boss said all should be fit for the first game of the season next weekend.