Doncaster Rovers: Rochdale threat made clear, as Dickov clamps down on ‘complacency’

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Paul Dickov admits his squad may have been guilty of complacency this season - but is convinced that will not be the case at Rochdale tomorrow.

Rovers have had a habit of following a good display with a not-so-good one this term.

Their excellent win at Watford was followed by an abject home defeat to Oldham, while the 3-1 loss at Fleetwood - described as a “shambles” by Dickov - came after the resounding win at Burton in the JPT.

Following Tuesday night’s professional display at Weston-super-Mare, tomorrow’s trip over the Pennines could arguably be filed in the ‘dangerous’ category.

But Dickov, while admitting his players may have been guilty of complacency previously this season, insists his team have been left in no doubt about the size of the task at Spotland.

“We’ve made the boys aware that Rochdale are a good team,” said Dickov.

“They play a system that is hard to play against and they have a lot of players who will pass and move it.

“The boys are well aware of the task ahead of them.

“Previously, maybe after a good, solid performance, they’ve got a little bit complacent going into the next game, thinking that they’ve cracked it. That’s the worst thing you can do in football.”

Despite losing to ten man Sheffield United last weekend, Dickov still believes his side began to turn a corner by shutting out MK Dons.

“We’ve looked a lot more solid [in the last four games], said Dickov.

“We got the clean sheet against MK Dons and it’s a game we felt we should’ve won.

“In the first half against Bradford they put a lot of balls into our box, which can be difficult to deal with.

“Looking back on Saturday, Sheffield United had three shots all game and their only shot in the second half they scored with, and on Tuesday we were on a hiding to nothing but got the job done.

“As a unit we’ve looked a lot more solid, which gives you a base to go and get results. We’re showing a little bit of resilience in what we’re doing at the moment.”

Rob Jones is back in full training but won’t be risked this weekend.