Paul Dickov spoke to the media in the aftermath of Ashton Gate nightmare.Paul Dickov struggled to hide his disappointment following Saturday’s resounding defeat at the hands of Bristol City.
Goals from Aaron Wilbraham, Mark Little and Kieran Agard convincingly swept the visitors aside, but the Rovers boss claimed that his side were masters of their own downfall.
“We’re disappointed, when you come to one of the best teams in the division you have to get in to the game,” he said.
“It’s a case of people not doing their jobs properly again. The second goal was comical because they’re one of the top teams in the division and we didn’t give ourselves a fighting chance.
“We changed it around at half time to be more positive and try and get in the game and then Harry gets a stupid yellow card and yet again it doesn’t give us a chance.”
After Wilbraham’s strike, things went from bad to worse as Rob Jones was substituted due to a suspected hamstring injury before conceding a second and losing star man Harry Forrester to a second bookable offence.
“It’s a double whammy of Harry getting a second yellow for being silly and we’re not going to defend him on that one, but the first one – at 0-0 – is a penalty and yet again another decision that’s not gone our way.
“We feel a bit aggrieved but we didn’t lose because of one decision. They were better than us and we were poor and it was a bit of a surprise today because they’ve been fantastic.
“It was schoolboy stuff but we have to work at it. We’ve had a few bad results but we’ll go back to the training ground and work on it.”
Rovers face Crawley Town on Tuesday night at the Keepmoat Stadium (7:45pm) in a fixture where the hosts must “right wrongs” according to Dickov.
“It’s a wake up call for us all. If anyone thought this league was going to be easy, they only have to look at our last two games and how we need to put it right quickly,” he finalised.