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Paul Pauses for Thought

21 January 2015

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Gaffer rues Rovers missed chances but happy to keep momentum rolling.

Paul Dickov reflected in a matter of fact manner following the goalless draw at home to Notts County.

The Scot, while seeing his side extend their unbeaten run of league games to six without defeat, summed up the feelings of many present at Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday.

“There was a lot of frustration but we were pleased with aspects of the performance,” he said.

“I don’t think Notts County - apart from Alan Smith's wonder shot - have been in it, we've defended really well and Stephen [Bywater] hasn’t had a save to make and we've had enough chances to win two games.

“Roy Carroll has made four or five top saves and he's a top international goalkeeper. We're creating chances but we're just missing that little bit of luck in front of goal at the moment.”

Rovers’ disappointment at their luck paled when compared to County’s anger at teenage striker Kwame Thomas being shown a second yellow card for time wasting in bizarre circumstances.

Dickov said: “If we look at the young kid's sending off, I feel sorry for him as if the referee had dealt with it [time wasting] earlier, it wouldn’t have got that far. Shaun [Derry] is going to be without his young player for a while and he's been sent to the stands - I don’t know why.

“A lot of credit has to go to my players for keeping going and keeping believing. Maybe earlier in the season we would have lacked belief for the last fifteen to twenty minutes but we kept going and kept creating chances.

“We keep the run going and have picked four points from six available which is a decent return from a Saturday-Tuesday fixture list but anyone who was here knows we should have taken six from six.”

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