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Dickov Assesses Christmas Congestion

27 December 2014

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Gaffer speaks post Coventry about quick turnaround.

Paul Dickov has said that he won’t dwell too much on the Boxing Day win over Coventry City as he looks to continue his side’s winning run.

The Doncaster Rovers manager saw his side overcome the Sky Blues at Keepmoat Stadium on Boxing Day thanks to welcome goals from Andy Butler and Harry Forrester.

While Dickov labelled the latter “unplayable”, his men have less than 48 hours to prepare for Sunday’s trip to play-off chasing Peterborough United.

“What we have to do is draw a line under the result, regardless. We know that Peterborough are a good, attacking side and there’s always goals when they’re involved.

“I know their results lately haven’t been what they’ve wanted but they’ve got players who know about this level and how to get out of the division, if not higher,” Dickov said of the London Road club – who lost to Chesterfield yesterday.

“Darren [Ferguson] will set them up to attack with [Aaron] McLean and [Craig] Mackail-Smith so they’re a handful which we have to be wary of and be on our guard defensively. However, there’s no fear, with Swindon – and Coventry – so fresh in the mind.”

The Scot – a fellow countryman of Ferguson junior – also said that he wants to use the Posh’s blueprint for bringing through rough diamonds: “Britt Assombalonga [who departed to Nottingham Forest in the summer for £5M] was a big miss and it’s going to be hard to replace him but the recruitment over the last few years has been fantastic and he’s brought lots of money to the club.

“In return, they’ve brought players through the youth academy, but it takes a long time to do it.

“We’re hopeful that in future seasons that it can be fruitful in future years.”

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