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PD: We conceded three poor goals

5 April 2014

Doncaster Rovers manager Paul Dickov spoke to Rovers Player after his side’s 3-1 home defeat to Birmingham City on Saturday at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Rovers who were undefeated on home soil since Boxing Day succumbed to three second half City goals, who came from behind to record victory.


Former Rovers loan striker Federico Macheda, netted a brace either side of a Lee Novak strike, to cancel out Paul Quinn’s opener.


Manager Paul Dickov was disappointed with the defeat, he said: “We were one nil up at half time without playing our best and in the second half there are defining moments in games.


“Their goalkeeper pulled off a fantastic save from Lucas Neill to prevent us from going two nil up and we have conceded three really poor goals.


“Individual errors at any level are going to cost you and at this level you are going to get punished.


“All of the goals were avoidable, defensively recently, we have been very good, so that is probably the most disappointing thing."


Dickov was humble in defeat, admitting that the visitors display after the break was worthy of the three points.


“We looked fairly comfortable, but the goal gave Birmingham and their fans a lift and the impetus in the game.


“When you concede a poor goal through an individual error, you have to make sure it doesn’t happen again and it happened twice more.


“You have to give Birmingham credit, second half they deserved it, after they scored they went on and were the better team."


Rovers lost two key players in the build up to the match, but the Doncaster boss refused to blame that on the defeat and called for a reaction on Tuesday when Rovers take on Bolton Wanderers.


“Leading up to the game we have lost Richie Wellens and Abdoulaye Meite.  We thought Richie was going to be fit, but he didn’t quite make it and we lost Abdoulaye in the warm up.


“They have been a massive part of our success recently and a big factor, but you cannot legislate for conceding goals like that and expect to win.


“We have been on a fantastic run, we have been playing and defending well and we need to get back to that, on Tuesday night.”



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