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Gaffer pre-game

2 October 2014

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Paul Dickov speaks to the media prior to the clash against Scunthorpe United.

Paul Dickov says Doncaster Rovers can turn a corner in their season with win over local rivals Scunthorpe United on Saturday.

The Scot, who has endured a “difficult start”, hoped Rovers could call on their thousands of travelling fans who will make the journey to Glanford Park.

“It’s a great game for us to try and get ourselves back on track and give something back to the fans after last week,” he said.

“There’ll be a good atmosphere there and it’s one we want to win, get back on track, get a performance and some consistency to speak of to build on because that’s been missing so far.

“We’re nine games in and if we win the game in hand we’ll go to mid-table which is a realistic position when there’s a long way to go.”

Dickov, who stated that his aim was to “prove himself right, rather than others wrong”, was very matter-of-fact when it came to addressing the season so far.

“I’m not going to paper over any cracks, some of the performances just simply haven’t been good enough whereas others have been better than we’ve expected,” he said.

“As soon as you’ve won, lost or drawn, you’ve got to put a line under it and that’s what we want to do with the Walsall fixture.

“I don’t take any joy or credit in saying I was embarrassed or the players should have done this and that because I want to say how hard we’ve worked when we don’t justify ourselves. We have to get things out of our system quickly because otherwise it will reflect on the club.”

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