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Dickov Salutes Rovers High Five

11 February 2015

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Gaffer in jubliant mood after rout, but won't let his side get complacent.

Paul Dickov hailed his side’s “perfect performance” after they emphatically swept aside Crawley Town on Tuesday night.

Dickov watched on as his side ran riot against the Sussex side that was struggling before it had been reduced to ten men.

“Some of the football, even before the sending off, and the passing and moving and chances were fantastic,” said Dickov.

“People may look at Crawley’s position in the league but it’s a tough place to come and the opening twenty minutes showed that.

“We knew the first twenty minutes were going to be really important. We knew that they’d make it difficult for us and second balls would be important but I thought everyone – from start to finish for us – was outstanding.”

Rovers had been slightly side-tracked at the weekend with defeat to Walsall, but the Scot felt there was no better possible response from his troops.

“We had to get a response and as disappointing as it was on Saturday, I wasn’t too hard on the boys because we’d been on a good run up until that point but what I did say was that those sorts of performances have to be few and far between because we’ve set a standard and we had fallen below that but now we’re back up again,” he said.

“We’ll let the boys enjoy tonight, but the last thing we can do is get complacent.

“Hopefully Abdul [Razak] will be available for Saturday and that creates competition for places.

“I’ve billed him up over the last few weeks so he best bring something to the side! He’s a very talented footballer who will give us something different and he can create chances. He’s a strong boy and will fit in well with the midfielders we’ve got.”

Razak could make his debut when Rovers host old Conference adversaries Yeovil Town at Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday.

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