Bring it on. That was the simple message Paul Dickov delivered as he takes his Rovers side into the final four games of the season with just a three-point safety cushion.
A 2-1 defeat at Ipswich on Saturday plus a point picked up by third bottom Millwall shaved another point off Rovers’ advantage at the weekend.
But despite a third consecutive defeat, Dickov drew plenty of positives from Rovers’ performance at Portman Road and remains confident of his side’s survival.
“People are probably looking at these last four games and wondering where we’re going to pick up the points,” Dickov said. “All I say is bring it on.
“I’ve got a lot of faith in my players, in how they perform and how they work. That’s not just on a Saturday but Monday to Friday as well.
“We take that into the last four games. I give the same boring answer every time but we can’t worry about what’s going on elsewhere. It’s about us and us alone.
“The character we showed in the second half at Ipswich was excellent.
“We did a similar thing in midweek against Bolton where we went behind and showed real character to get back in the game.
“Doing that again on Saturday just makes me believe even more that we’re going to be all right this year.”
Dickov admitted his frustration at having to talk about refereeing decisions again but he took aim at Graham Scott for failing to call foul against Luke Hyam in the build up to Ipswich’s winner.
He said: “I’m getting a bit sick of talking about decisions that haven’t gone our way because you end up making yourself look stupid half the time.
“But Gabriel Tamas was lucky not to have his leg broken, he got a real bad one down his shin. It wasn’t just a foul, it was a red card.
“The referee has got to see that. If he gives the right decision, the goal doesn’t happen.For him not to give it, I can’t get my head right. It’s baffling and gut-wrenching.”
Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy agreed with Dickov over the incident but denied any intent from Hyam.
Dickov said James Husband will be assessed after being withdrawn with a hamstring injury.