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PD Points the Finger

8 April 2015

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Gaffer left to rue all round inconsistencies after Blades loss.

Paul Dickov cut a frustrated figure in the aftermath of Doncaster’s 3-2 loss at local rivals Sheffield United.

The visitors squandered a one goal lead to allow Nigel Clough’s play-off chasers grind out a win in front of over 20,000 at Bramall Lane.

“We’re disappointed. I would have been disappointed with a point with the amount of chances we created and the fact that we've had the majority of the game,” he said.

“Stephen Bywater has had to pick the ball out of his net three times and he's not had a save to make.

“I gave them a bit of a battering on Friday after the [Bradford] game but I thought today they were excellent and took the game to United.

“Some of the play was excellent and we scored two fantastic goals and I feel for them because they’ve put in a great performance and come away with nothing which isn’t their fault.”

Dickov’s main gripe centered on the referee’s failure to award Doncaster a late penalty for what appeared a handball in the area.

“We should have had a penalty in the fist half for a foul on Curtis Main when he's been brought down and how he can't give a handball in the second half is embarrassing,” raged Dickov.

“We try and help the referee's association out and give our feedback but what's the point? There’s no point when decisions like that happen.

“We send stuff off to the referee’s people all of the time. In the last three weeks we've sent decisions off to them and they've come back and said they’re all definite penalties but like I said, what’s the point? It doesn’t make it any better.”

The Scot was also left to lament his side’s inconsistencies as Rovers atoned for Friday’s 3-0 loss at the hands of Bradford with a spirited performance against play-off chasing United.

“It frustrates me because I know they’re capable of that. When we get it down and pass and harry teams we look good,” Dickov said.

“We’ve got to show a bit of pride every time we go out there and I thought we did that tonight.

“If we perform like that from now until the end of the season we're still there with an outside chance [of making sixth spot] but it’s going to be difficult.”

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