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Gaffer Disappointed With Decision

24 August 2013

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Manager Paul Dickov was visibly disappointed with the abandonment of this afternoon’s game after his side blistering first half performance.

Rovers took an early three-goal lead and were in total control of the fixture when referee Lee Collins signalled for the players to leave the field of play on safety grounds.

 with his side in total control of the game.decisionDickov was disappointed by the timing of the 


“I’ve played in worse,” he said


“It’s hard for the referee; he’s got us on one side wanting the game to continue and Charlton not, so he had a big decision to make but I thought it was the wrong one.

“I thought it was the wrong decision to suspend it when he did. The fourth official came to us 15 minutes earlier and said the referee was going to monitor the situation, which is fair enough, but it was no worse 15 minutes later.

“To do what he did at 3-0, I felt was a really poor decision and it made it slightly easier for them to call it off at half time.

“The ref said the game was suffering as a spectacle, but I didn’t see it that way. I saw my players moving the ball about well playing one and two touch; creating chances and playing some fantastic football - as a spectacle I thought it was fantastic.


“He also said that it was about the players safety, which is fair enough, however I didn’t see a bad tackle in the game. If that’s the reason why it has been called off I accept it, I respect it but it doesn’t mean I have to agree with it.”


On a positive note Paul spoke about the way his players are improving game by game.

“The thing that excites me about this group is that the more they play together the better they will get.

“We’re only three and a half games in and we can already see how quickly they are gelling and how well they are doing and that’s a credit to them.”



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