Doncaster Rovers: We can be better insists Dickov

Paul Dickov
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Rovers may have got the season off to a dream start but Paul Dickov is by no means satisfied.

A 3-0 triumph at fellow relegated side Yeovil, coupled with a strong performance had the Rovers boss delighted following a turbulent summer.

But rather than revelling in the somewhat surprisingly comfortable win, Dickov has delivered a much more sober message: ‘We can be better.’

“It was a fantastic start for us and a great performance as well,” Dickov said.

“But as good as the performance was I still think we can be better.

“There were a lot of positives to take which we will work on and also a few negatives as well which we will also work on going forward.

“It’s important that we continue and get a bit of momentum at the start of the season.

“Momentum is massive.

“We spoke about it all pre-season, about getting off to a good start and hitting the ground running.

“We couldn’t have wished for better on Saturday in terms of the clean sheet and the goals we scored.”

While demanding more from his squad, Dickov admits he has to use caution with the negatives he chooses to emphasise, insisting he wants to maintain the confidence which is oozing out of the side.

He said: “There was a few aspects that we can improve on but I’ve got to be careful because the group has only been together for a short space of time.

“The signs are encouraging but we want to make sure we keep the confidence that we had in that performance going.”

While Saturday’s result for Rovers raised a few eyebrows, Dickov says he was not surprised by how quickly things came together for his side.

Five new signings started at Huish Park but there were few teething problems for Rovers.

He said: “Although it’s only been a short space of time, there’s a fantastic togetherness and a real desire to do well.

“That has to come from within. I can keep banging on about it to them but as individuals, a group and a squad, they’ve got to have it.

“The most pleasing thing is that I’ve seen it in abundance already.”

Rovers travel to League Two side York City in the Capital One Cup tonight.

While some managers may see the League Cup as an inconvenience, Dickov will send his side out to win, despite having a wafer thin squad.

He said: “It’s a game that is significant and a priority because it’s the next game for us.

“And it’s not a secret that a cup run can create a feel-good factor about a club.

“Plus there’s the financial benefits so it’s important to us.”