Paul Dickov has reiterated that Doncaster Rovers’ aim this season was ‘to finish as high as possible’ in League One.
One win in eight has seen Rovers’ play-off hopes go up in smoke and they dropped to 13th in the table following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Rochdale.
But Dickov insists that securing a top six finish - or indeed an instant return to the Championship - was not his pre-season brief.
“I’m disappointed we’ve dropped out of it because we gave ourselves a good chance of getting in there,” Dickov said.
“We’ve let it slip away a little bit.
“Now we’ve got five games left to finish the season by doing what we said at the start of the season, and that was trying to finish as high as we possibly could in the league with a view of looking forward.
“I know people might not want to hear it and it might sound negative but that was the aim at the start of the season.
“We managed to get ourselves in a position where we flirted with the play-offs for a little bit but it wasn’t to be.
“What we’ve got to do now is look forward and be positive in everything we do.”
Chief executive Gavin Baldwin, meanwhile, offered some backing for Dickov - who has found it difficult to win over a section of fans following last season’s relegation - in his programme notes.
“Paul has some exciting plans and a vision for the playing staff next season and the board are fully supportive of this,” Baldwin wrote.
“We are also looking to develop the staffing infra-structure and the plan to recruit a chief scout is one that should, and will excite us all.”