Doncaster Rovers: We need to stop giving gifts insists Dickov

Paul Quinn stood in for Gabriel Tamas at Yeovil. Picture: Steve Uttley
Paul Quinn stood in for Gabriel Tamas at Yeovil. Picture: Steve Uttley
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Scrooge-like Paul Dickov is preferring to look upon an unwelcome bout of generosity from his side as a blip in their recent miserly nature.

The defensive rigidity which Rovers have demonstrated in recent weeks evaporated at Yeovil as the hosts were gifted several clear cut chances, particularly free headers.

Though Yeovil’s proved somewhat profligate and their winning goal came from the penalty spot, Dickov was nevertheless concerned by the poor defending of his side.

But he has backed his side to get back to shutting out the opposition.

“It was disappointing because we’ve been defending well recently,” he told the Star. “It’s difficult when a team is 1-0 up and you’re chasing and trying to get back in the game.

“You leave yourselves open and we did that a bit today.

“It was the same at the other end of the pitch.

“Our quality in the final third wasn’t there today but in fairness to the lads it has been recently.

“We can’t be too downhearted about it because we’ve shown what we’re capable of at both ends.”

Dickov’s defensive ranks should receive a boost ahead of Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth.

Gabriel Tamas sat out the visit to Yeovil with a persistent hamstring problem but is expected to return this weekend.