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Paul Dickov: We have to win

27 January 2014

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Doncaster Rovers manager Paul Dickov spoke to the official website ahead of Tuesday’s crucial clash with Charlton Athletic.

“It was really important on Saturday, especially with the clubs in and around us not playing, for us to get a result and move out of the bottom three.  Psychologically it gives us a big boost knowing there are clubs below us.

“Any point you get in this division, especially away from home is massive. It was important after the Wigan game that we followed it up with another result, we would have loved to have won the game at Blackpool and got the three points, but the manner in which we came back after conceding with 12 minutes left showed great character to get back in the game.

“There was a big part of me that was tempted to take Billy (Sharp) off on Saturday.  On 70 minutes I caught him stretching his calf and asked him if he was okay, but he kept going and ran it off.  It was that sort of close game when players like Billy make the difference and we saw that with the goal he got.

“I think most of the business in the transfer market is done, I’m absolutely delighted with the signings and the experience of the signings that we have been able to make. However if something came up that we felt was really going to improve us we might look, but at the moment we are really happy.

“If we can pick up results in the next few games we’ve got coming up, it not only creates a bit of space between us and the bottom, but it drags others into it as well and the more people that can get dragged down there, the better it is for us.

“We feel we are just on the cusp of going on a run, we have shown that with two different displays in the last two games and it is vitally important that we go out to the Charlton game tomorrow night and get a really good performance similar to the Wigan game.  

“We need to get the fans onside early doors and win the game. It’s a massive game tomorrow night and I could shy away from that but it is a game we have to win.

“We want to be talking about hopefully winning a game against a good Charlton team, when we played them at the Valley in the re-arranged game, they turned us over quite convincingly which was probably our poorest performance of the season, so we want to put that right.

“Like the Wigan game, if we do the basics right and have the desire and fight for every tackle and fight for every ball, then our football will show through. We have to have that mentality not just tomorrow night, but for the rest of the season as well."

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