Manager fronts up after Saddlers defeat.Paul Dickov did not hide his frustration, nor embarrassment, when it came to addressing the media in the aftermath of Doncaster Rovers’ 3-0 defeat at the hands of Walsall at the weekend.
Dickov described some aspects of his team’s performance as “schoolboy” as his men succumbed to their third straight loss on the road and the Scot held his hands up.
“I’m a little bit embarrassed by the performance to tell you the truth, I’d like to apologise to the fans who travel everywhere to watch us because they were fantastic today and they were the only plus point,” he said.
“The players can’t put in the consistent performances that we want. We need to stop being naïve in what we do and set standards all of the time.
“You can dress it up as much as you want but there’s no excuse for not running harder than the other team or not working harder than the other team.”
Dickov, who saw his ‘keeper Jed Steer substituted with a hip injury, said he was unafraid to change things round in time for next week’s blood and thunder derby against Scunthorpe United.
“Jed’s taken a really nasty whack in his hip and it’s a bit swollen at the minute so we’ll assess him next week. The young kid [Marko] Marosi’s come on and made his debut in difficult circumstances,” he said.
“The players know exactly how I feel and if I can change things round I will because that wasn’t good enough.
“It’s a collective thing, me, my players and my staff and we’re going to be out on the training ground all next week I can guarantee that.”