That one’s for you! Dickov dedicates Leeds win to Rovers’ fans

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Paul Dickov has dedicated his side’s hard-fought derby day victory over rivals Leeds United to the Rovers fans.

Without a win in seven league meetings with their Yorkshire rivals, Doncaster managed to break their Leeds ‘hoodoo’ as strikes from David Cotterill and Billy Sharp ensured a 2-1 win and a joyous afternoon for the Rovers following at Elland Road.

For Rovers, this fine away victory means it’s another game closer to safety as they moved into 18th in the Championship and remain eight points clear of the drop-zone.

“That one’s for the fans,” said a delighted Dickov.

“They’ve gone all over the country, have supported me and the club and to come here, a local derby, and get three points we’re very happy with that and I’m certain the fans are. They would have loved their journey back and had a great weekend.

“All credit to the players for the pride they showed in that performance.”

Rovers have now picked up 13 points from a possible 18 since the 5-0 thumping at Bournemouth on March 1.

Dickov added: “I’m delighted. I thought in the first half we were fantastic.

“In the second half you have to give Leeds a lot of credit because they put us under real pressure and forced us to defend.

“The important thing is that the result gets us closer to safety. We have seven games left and our recent form is good.”

The win meant Rovers went above Birmingham, who are the visitors to the Keepmoat next Saturday, and also Blackpool. Rovers are three points ahead of Birmingham who lost 4-2 at home to Bournemouth. Rovers are a point ahead of Blackpool.

Dickov handed a debut to new loan signing Lucas Neill, the Australian international slotting in at right back.

The Rovers’ travelling support could not have asked for a better opening as Doncaster attacked from the off and found themselves 1-0 up when a trademark Cotterill thunderbolt crashed past the despairing Jack Butland in the 23rd minute.

Rovers - who earlier had a penalty appeal waved away after Richie Wellens went down in the area - doubled their lead as Sharp finished off a beautiful passing move with a cool finish on the stroke of half time.

Championship top goalscorer McCormack then guided a header past Johnstone in the 63rd minute to mark his 27th league goal of the season, giving Brian McDermott’s men some hope of restoring parity.

The result only adds to Leeds’ problems during a troublesome period which has seen their players not paid their full wages as the club takeover saga rumbles on.