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We're positive - Dickov

7 April 2014

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Paul Dickov spoke to the press ahead of the visit of Bolton Wanderers for the final Tuesday night fixture of the Sky Bet Championship season.

Rovers manager Paul Dickov remained in an optimistic mood ahead of Tuesday night’s encounter with Bolton Wanderers at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Birmingham City left Rovers seven points clear of the relegation zone, but Dickov is unfazed.

“It's not something that’s going to knock us back too far. The players have been fantastic recently and we have to remind them that. We looked at the mistakes and hope they don’t happen again but we go in to the game with a lot of positivity,” he said.

“We go again; we have been playing well recently. If we hadn’t created any chances on Saturday then we would have been a bit more worried but the keeper’s pulled off a fantastic save from Chris Brown, then Lucas Neill, Billy (Sharp) and Theo (Robinson). They’re four big chances in the game – we take that as a positive.”

Rovers have not hosted the Trotters in the league since their 3-0 triumph at Belle Vue in December 1987.

“Tuesday night performances have been really good, so we look at that as another positive. We know it’s going to be a tough game, Dougie (Freedman) is someone I’ve known for a long time and he’s got lots of good players at Bolton but we’ve risen to the occasion when the bigger teams have played us, especially at home,” Dickov said.

“We’re still seven points ahead with six games to go, if we’d asked anyone in the club, fans would settle for that position but we just need to get back to winning ways now.”

Centre back Abdoulaye Meite – who withdrew from Saturday’s game in the warm up – is rated as “touch and go” to face his former side on Tuesday, as is midfielder Richie Wellens.

But Dickov did have positive news to report regarding defender Gabriel Tamas and confirmed Sam Johnstone’s loan extension.

“He’s also going to do a bit of training today but we’ve just got to be careful, it was a nasty injury and nasty operation, but he’s chomping at the bit I can tell you that. He just wants to play and if he’s ready, he’ll be in the squad.

“Sam’s here until the end of the season, he’s done fantastically well. Having him here is massive. I thought he did well again on Saturday through no fault of his own,” he finished.

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