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Dickov and Brown thank fans

5 May 2014

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Manager and striker united in appreciation of supporter's efforts.

Rovers manager Paul Dickov spoke on behalf of the football club in the aftermath of Saturday’s defeat to Leicester City when he thanked the fans for their continued support in the face of relegation to League 1.

“It’s the fans and the people at the club who I’m really disappointed for because we’ve just been relegated in the last minute and the ovation our fans gave the players was second to none,” he said.

“We’ve got a club that’s together and that’s from the top, all the way through and there’ll be a massive effort from everybody to make sure promotion is the main aim next year.”

Despite relegation, the Scottish manager – who arrived from Oldham Athletic a year ago – has the full backing of the board and has set his sights on sitting down with the playing staff this week for talks in an attempt to establish the best possible way forward.

Rovers’ top goal scorer, Chris Brown, echoed his managers sentiments in also thanking the fans, “They have been [a credit] all season, home and away they were right behind us and it’s obviously a very tough league but I’d like to think that they know that the players are an honest bunch of lads who have given their all in every single game.

“If were not good enough then fair enough, but it’s not been through a lack of effort,” he said.

When asked about whether he will be in the manager’s plans next term, Brown responded: “I’m hoping so, all being well. I’ve enjoyed this season, personally, but it’s obviously ended in the worst possible way.”

Rovers were watched by close to 210,000 spectators in league games at the Keepmoat Stadium throughout the 2013-14 season, with an average gate in excess of 9,000.

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