Doncaster Rovers: Positive Dickov will only look in one direction

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Several of the Championship’s strugglers may have provided a reminder they have not been left in the dust just yet but Rovers boss Paul Dickov is only looking up.

Barnsley ended a three match run of defeats with a shock 3-1 triumph at Reading, Charlton won at Nottingham Forest and Yeovil earned a draw at leaders Leicester on a good night for most of the division’s bottom four.

Despite their 2-0 defeat at Burnley, Rovers remained eight points clear of the relegation.

And Dickov remained steadfast in his determination to look straight ahead rather than back over his shoulder.

“I think you have to aim for the teams that are above you,” he said.

“If you catch them then it means you’re pulling yourselves away from trouble at the same time.

“You have to keep winning games and picking up points.

“A couple of weeks ago we were saying it was three teams from four to go down.

“Then it went to three from five and it could be as many as three from seven or eight.

“That’s what happens if you’re winning and picking up points.

“That’s all we’ve got to concentrate on.

“We won’t be naming specific teams that we’re chasing that we’re chasing down.

“I’m not about dragging other teams into it either.

“I’ve said repeatedly that it’s about what we do that matters to us most.

“I just want to make sure we’re out of it.”

Dickov feels his side are on target for the season due to the simple fact they currently sit outside the bottom three.

And he makes no apology for measuring the team’s progress on such a factor.

He said: “My aim and my mandate when I took this job was to stay in the division.

“We’re on target purely because, although it might sound negative, that was our aim.

“Everyone made us favourites to go down so the position we’re in now is a positive one.

“It’s things like that which drive you forward.”