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PD: We go again

27 March 2014

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Doncaster manager Paul Dickov spoke to Rovers Player and the press ahead of Saturday's trip to Elland Road to face Leeds United.

The manager began by reflecting on Tuesday's defeat at Burnley, but was upbeat about his teams performance.

"It was disappointing, they are a good team, I thought we defended well in the first half, but the penalty decision had a massive bearing on the game.

"We go again, we were on a good run before that, we knew it was going to be tough going to Burnley, they are unbeaten at home all season and have a chance of not just automatic promotion, but winning the league.

"I was pleased with the players, we didn't play as well as we could do but you have to give Burnley credit for not allowing us too.  I thought defensively we worked hard and the players had a go for me, which is all I can ask for."

Dickov moved in the loan market to bring experienced Australia international defender Lucas Neill to the club following the growing injuries across the back four.  The former Blackburn Rovers man could make his debut on Saturday against Leeds and is looking to cement his place in Australia's World Cup squad, something Dickov believes will happen:

"Lucas is somebody I know really well, he is probably one of the best, if not the best professional I have worked with as a player.

"He will bring experience, leadership and he is a player that just gets on with his job, his desire to still play was a massive factor for me.

"Lucas needs to play to get into Australia's starting line-up for the World Cup, I don't think there is any doubt he will go.

"He is captain of the squad, he is a top player as he has proved throughout the years and I have no doubt he will be fantastic for us."

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