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PD: It's a one game season

1 May 2014

The Gaffer addressed the press in typically positive fashion ahead of a crunch fixture.

Manager Paul Dickov has admitted that his sides season rests on Saturday’s fixture against Leicester City.

Rovers head to the King Power Stadium to take on the Champions of the division knowing that if they win they will play Championship football again next season.

“We’ve got a one game season, if we win, we stay up; simple. If we get a draw, Birmingham have to win so we know fully the way we want to go and there’s a massive determination from within the club to do that,” said Dickov.

“We looked as if we were pulling clear yes, but I remember having an off the record conversation and you were all saying “we’re safe, it’s over” and I never once thought that because everybody in this division wins games at times when you don’t expect them to.”

The fact that Rovers’ fate was briefly out of their own hands during the week was enough to force the manager out of the house in an attempt to avoid other scores which could have had an effect on his side.

While relegation rivals Birmingham lost at home to Wigan on Tuesday night, Dickov admitted he spent his time otherwise, “The Wigan result was a boost; I’m not going to kid you. I went for a run for two hours on Tuesday night. I just wanted to get away from it because you can drive yourself nuts looking at results from elsewhere and mentally you can get tired if you worry what’s going on around you.”

Dickov won’t be shying away from the scores on Saturday however and hinted that events elsewhere could influence some of his decision making on the day.

“Its important we concentrate on us, but I wont kid you by saying that we wont be finding out what results are elsewhere because that affects what we do and we’ve looked at training this week and different scenarios that could be chucked at us throughout the game so if needed we could change it depending on what the other results are but first and foremost we have to concentrate on going down there and getting a result,” he said.

“We’ll take staying up, whichever way it comes, but we want to do it ourselves. It’s quite easy to be a victim all the time and blame certain things but you’ve got to man up and say “that’s gone” and its about what we do from now on.”

Dickov, who pulled on the blue of Leicester over 100 times throughout his career insisted that, while he was delighted for his former side, he wanted to have a enjoy the day with his own team and fans.

“There will be a few nerves flying about for sure, people who say they aren’t nervous are lying, but I want to enjoy it. It would be nice going back to my old club and while they’re being awarded their trophy, we’re at the other end celebrating with our own fans,” he finished.


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