Self-deprecating Dickov looking to end the season on a positive note.Paul Dickov has said that the season is not over for the players, because it’s not over for the fans.
An aggregate of over 18,000 fans have travelled away with Rovers this season in all competitions and Dickov says that it is up to him and the players to reward them for their loyalty when Rovers head to Meadow Lane on Saturday.
“Our away fans have been absolutely fantastic and I think our away form has coincided with that as well,” said the Scot.
“We want to finish on a high and thank them for the support that they’ve given us away from home because there have been some long, horrible journeys for them and we want to win the game for them.”
Thankfully for Rovers, the journey to face a struggling Notts County side is only 50 miles, but one that might not be repeated next year due to the Magpies precarious league standing.
“I think they’ve got a good squad there. I knew Shaun Derry and Greg Abbott who were there at the start of the season and they were victims of their own success,” mused Dickov, who may persist with Luke McCullough in a holding midfield role.
“It’s something that we looked at and wanted to do a bit earlier but couldn’t due to the injuries to Jamie McCombe, Rob Jones and Paul [Keegan] himself so we didn’t quite have the opportunity to put him [McCullough] in there.
“He blew up after 65 minutes the other night, which we knew he would because he’s not had a lot of training. Although his injury was fine to play, he was still getting a little stiffness in that area and I thought he did really well.”
Dickov’s joviality at the end of a long season shone through when asked about the topical ‘highlights’ package that the club had published on it’s YouTube channel.
“I think it’s been great and it shows you that we take things 100% serious when it comes to football but there’s also a light-hearted side to it and I spoke to Ryan [Murrant] and Gavin [Baldwin] before we put it out,” he said.
“I was the first to say to the players how boring the Fleetwood game was and that Copps’ testimonial was the day after!
“It just shows the fun side and a good humoured side to the club as well – I don’t think it was a bad thing!”