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Dickov: 'The Fans Have Been Fantastic'

27 February 2015

Paul Dickov has praised the recent support from the fans as he looks for three points on Saturday.

"Reflecting on Tuesday night I felt in the first half the players subconsciously showed Bristol City too much respect,” he said.  "We’ve been really good at home recently when we’ve gone after teams, and to not see that on Tuesday was disappointing."

Dickov was quick to praise and thank the fans for their recent support and stated that it has not gone unnoticed by the players.

"A good indication to me at the end of games is how the fans react on the full time whistle.

"Nobody is happy getting beat, but I think they realised that we went out there in the second half and gave the team who’s top of the league a real good go.

"There’s been plenty of times we’ve been booed off the pitch at the end of the game, and rightly so. But I think the fans appreciated the boys efforts on Tuesday and that means a lot to us.”

Despite two defeats on the bounce, Rovers still occupy seventh place in the League One table with 14 games left to play. 

"We haven’t lost any ground on where we are in the table and there is still a hell of a lot to play for,” said Dickov.

"We’re really positive, the players haven’t lost any belief and we still think we’re in a fantastic position. I’m buzzing for Saturday.

"If we can stay roundabout where we are going into the last month of the season I will be absolutely delighted, because I really fancy the squad we’ve got here to beat any team on our day."

Dickov has stated the importance of putting the last two results behind them and focussing on getting a result on Saturday against Colchester.

"It’s going to be a tough game against Colchester there’s no doubt about that but we go into it positively and still in a great position which is why it’s important that we focus on what is right in front of us.

"We need to get back on track after the last couple of results, get on the front foot and get the fans behind us, who have been fantastic recently.

"We can’t afford individual errors like we’ve had in the last few games. I don’t want to blame the defence for the goals we’ve conceded because that isn’t fair. We win together and we lose together, as a team.

"The players have had a lot of criticism thrown at them, and rightly so at times, but they’re dusted themselves down and all the credit for where we are has to go to them.”

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