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PD: Prove It!

20 March 2015

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Gaffer issues rallying call to troops but maintain's Coventry clash is not 'do or die'.

Paul Dickov has asked his team to go out and prove a point when they travel to Coventry City at the weekend.

The Scot has seen his side's form dip of late at a crucial time in the season as a number of teams do battle for what appears to be just two remaining play-off spots.

"We’re on a little bit of a dodgy run at the moment and there's no getting away from it but the individuals we have in the team can turn it around," he said.

"It’s about getting results now. As much as we can build on performances, you have to put points on the board. I know that this team can go on a run because there's enough talent in there and the last thing I want the group to have is any regrets come May 3rd.

"We feel we're a good team and one with a point to prove."

Dickov admitted that it was difficult not to weigh up the permutations of how the remainder of the season will pan out.

"It’s hard not to look at everyone's fixtures,” he acknowledged.

"Everyone’s going to be dropping points. If we're in touching distance going in to the last game of the season then I’ll be happy. I don’t think it [points total required] will be anywhere near the points total in previous years. We’ve just got to try and look at ourselves though.

"Going back over the Swindon game, yes, I was disappointed but we competed really well with a very good side.

"Against Peterborough we weren't at our best but we created enough chances to win the game and we conceded two goals due to individual errors. We’re doing well as a team but it's the little things that are hampering us a bit at the moment.”

Doncaster's fortunes could potentially hinge on the fitness of club veteran James Coppinger who is recovering from an ankle injury and may feature against the Sky Blues.

"James has done a lot of work and we'll see how he reacts,” Dickov said.

"Speaking to him he probably pushed himself too hard to get to the Gillingham game and the last thing we want to do is have him for 25 minutes before he breaks down for two weeks again.

"If he's not feeling quite right then we wont risk him because we've got a full week's training next week and he can join in then so its ‘touch and go’.”

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