Doncaster Rovers: Desire will be key to derby glory says Dickov

Paul Dickov says the derby trip to Barnsley could have come at an opportune moment for Rovers.
Paul Dickov says the derby trip to Barnsley could have come at an opportune moment for Rovers.
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Paul Dickov believes the derby day trip to Barnsley may have come at the right time for his struggling Rovers side.

A run of three consecutive defeats has taken a visible toll on confidence and has left Rovers hovering just above the relegation zone.

But Dickov is an advocate of form counting for nothing in derby games.

“Through my experiences as a player and in my short time as a manager, in derby games it doesn’t matter what has gone on before,” he told the Star.

“No matter how well a team plays or how they set up player and formation wise, it will be the team with the most desire that will win.

“It’ll be blood and thunder like a proper derby.

“These are the games when you find out about yourself and your players.

“That’s what is so good about Saturday.

“I’ve heard a few times over the past week that Barnsley are the favourites going into the game so let them be the favourites and have that pressure on them.

“It’s a fantastic game for us because it’s a derby, not just in the local sense but against our rivals in the table as well.

“If we win, we can go five points above them which would be a big boost.”

Dickov expects Rovers to receive a tough time from the Reds’ powerhouse forward Chris O’Grady.

But he also believes the side he sends out will gave Barnsley plenty of headaches.

He said: “Chris O’Grady is a player I’ve known since he was a kid at Leicester.

“He cleaned my boots a few times and he was rubbish at it so I’ll keep reminding him of that.

“He’s a proper handful and in a great vein of form at the minute but it’s up to us to handle it.

“I’m confident though that the way we’re going to set up on will cause them plenty of problems as well.”

Theo Robinson is in contention to start for Rovers after overcoming a hamstring problems.

Luke McCullough looks set to deputise for Rob Jones at centre half.