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Dickov Hails Character

13 August 2014

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Rovers manager Paul Dickov gave his post-match thoughts after Rovers squeezed through in to the second round of the League Cup.

Paul Dickov drew comparisons with his side’s win over York City in the first round of the Capital One Cup to the last time Doncaster were in League One.

Rovers overcame their League 2 opponents at Bootham Crescent in a tight affair in which a solitary strike from substitute from Harry Forrester saw the visitors in the hat for the next round.

Dickov said: “We’ve had two games and two different performances but two results and that’s the most pleasing thing.

“Sometimes it’s really pleasing to win even though you’re not playing well because it shows you that you’ve got the right characters in the changing room and the last time these guys went up keeping clean sheets and nicking a goal.

“We believe our performance football-wise on Saturday was very good but tonight showed we’ve got a way to win and that’s the most important thing.”

The 1-0 win over Nigel Worthington’s City was hard-earned and, after making five changes to the side that beat Yeovil at the weekend, the match saw the return to the fold for Jamie McCombe, who made his first start in a Rovers shirt since the final game of the 12/13 season against Brentford.

“We’re all absolutely delighted for him (Jamie), he’d done some light training on Friday and Monday and I don’t think he was expecting to play,” said Dickov.

“We made the decision that there was a game here he could play, though, so we chucked him in at the deep end and he’s been magnificent because he’s a top lad and a great pro.

“We want to get as much game time in the players as we can and it’s a fantastic workout for us.

“The one real bit of quality in the game came from Harry Forrester.”

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