Keep focused and carry on, urges Paul Dickov

James Coppinger celebrates scoring against Barnsley with Chris Brown.

James Coppinger celebrates scoring against Barnsley with Chris Brown.

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Paul Dickov has urged his squad to ‘keep focused and carry on’ ahead of a key run of fixtures.

Rovers’ boss was angered by the nature of Barnsley’s late equaliser last weekend - and has warned his side to avoid a repeat in vital upcoming games.

But he remains confident his rejuvenated side can kick on after losing just one in six, starting at bottom side Yeovil Town on Saturday.

Doncaster currently sit two places and six points above the Championship drop zone after the Glovers and Barnsley, who both still have a game in hand on Rovers, failed to win on Tuesday night.

And Dickov is targeting games over the next three weeks - against Yeovil, Bournemouth, Huddersfield and Watford - as key to Rovers propelling themselves away from danger.

“We’ve built a bit of momentum up,” he said.

“People have said to me ‘are you worried about the games in hand other teams have got?’

“No, I’m not. I’d rather have the points on board.

“We’re on a run of one defeat in six and we feel we can keep that run going over the games we’ve got coming up.

“We’ve got to keep our focus though. We switched off a couple of times against Barnsley and paid for it. At this level, if you do that you’ll get punished.

“To be fair to the lads though they’ve been fantastic over the last six games. We feel we can really kick on now.”

Richie Wellens is likely to replace Dean Furman in the starting line-up at Huish Park after serving his two-game ban.

Jordan Bowery, who arrived last week on an initial month’s loan from Aston Villa as cover for Billy Sharp, is fit after suffering from cramp in the 2-2 draw with Barnsley.

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