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17 August 2015

Gaffer gives his thoughts in aftermath of Latics stalemate.

Paul Dickov said that he was “quietly confident” following an encouraging draw at Wigan Athletic.

The visitors dominated against one of the bookies favourites for promotion but were denied countless times by opposition goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell and the woodwork.

“I was delighted with the performance; I thought the boys were outstanding. We’ve come here, which will be a difficult place for everyone as they’re favourites and were outstanding but we should have won the game,” said Dickov.

“We’ve hit the bar and had three cleared off the line and on another day we win it comfortably, but considering we only made one change (from the Leeds game) and put in that performance, it was outstanding, the fitness and energy levels particularly.

“We passed and probed and defended brilliantly but performance wise I’m looking forward to the rest of the season and I’m quietly confident.”

Dickov’s side is currently unbeaten and will look to extend that run when Rovers welcome newly promoted Southend United to Keepmoat Stadium on Wednesday evening.
They will have to do so without striker Nathan Tyson, however.

“He’s going to be out for six weeks, he did his hamstring towards the end of the Leeds game. I’ve got to give him credit because he stayed on and took his penalty,” Dickov said of the veteran forward.

“He was looking really sharp and he was on the bench the other night with a view to starting him because we knew there'd be space in behind but it now gives someone a chance.

“Richard Chaplow will train on Monday and be available for the game on Wednesday night. It will be difficult to dislodge some of the boys though because they were brilliant to a man.

“They (Wigan) had 48 hours more rest than us and we were still at it towards the end. We’ve worked for quick turnarounds but the fitness is up there with the best I’ve seen.”

Rovers host Southend United on Wednesday 19th August (7.45pm). Tickets are available HERE or by calling 01302 762576.

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