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Dickov credits 'outstanding' performance

20 August 2014

Paul Dickov has hailed his side's desire to come back from a goal down and get a result against Preston North End.

Doncaster Rovers manager Paul Dickov gave his post match thoughts after his team scored a last minute equaliser to earn a point against Preston North End.

Dickov said: "I thought the performance from the boys was outstanding, especially in the first half. We we're very unlucky not to go in at half time 1-0 up. 

"We want everyone to be patient with the ball and we kept trying to break through but credit has to be given to Preston- they got everybody behind the ball and defended well, which shows how on top we were. 

"They scored a wonder goal, but I have to give the players as a group a lot of credit. They kept going right until the very end and it's the third time in four games that we've scored right at the death. That says a lot about the desire we have to get a result and it says a lot about the fitness levels of the boys. 

"It's also the fourth time a substitute has come off the bench and scored, which shows the togetherness we have as well. 

"Nathan (Tyson) showed a fantastic attitude. He was taken off at half time on Saturday and was left out last night, it's very easy to sulk when that happens to you but even though we're a small group we're a group that are very much together."

Dickov made a number of changes from the result against Port Vale at the weekend after losing Harry Forrester to suspension and Curtis Main to injury.

"We want everybody to step up to the plate. We're very disappointed to lose Harry (Forrester) for three games but we've got to move on and deal with it."

Kyle Bennett, Theo Robinson and Marc De Val Fernandez were all handed starts by Paul Dickov against Preston, despite being left out in the opening game against Yeovil. 

"I thought they were all outstanding. We know we have a small group here but we want to create that healthy competition for places and we want people on their toes. 

"I thought Kyle (Bennett) was outstanding. His work rate on and off the ball was a different class and he showed a real desire to work for the team. 

"We were all disappointed with the result on Saturday and we're all very happy to get a last minute equaliser against Preston because we felt we deserved something from the game. 

"We know it's going to be a long hard season. Preston are possibly one of the best teams in the league so we take a lot of belief from our performance against them. It's important we keep ourselves grounded and look to the weekend. 

"This is a very competitive division and there are going to be strange results throughout but we have to build on our performance and we definitely take a lot of belief from the performance tonight." 

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