Date: 3rd November 2013 at 8:10am
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Doncaster Rovers boss Paul Dickov felt his side played well in the second half and positive results will come despite going down to a third straight defeat at the hands on Brighton and Hove Albion at the Keepmoat.

Rovers went down to a 3-1 defeat, conceding twice late on in the game and Dickov thought they would go on and win the game after they levelled with fifteen minutes remaining after a much better second half performance.

Speaking on Radio Sheffield, Dickov said, “We were a bit nervy in the first half and they went ahead through a wonder-strike.

“I thought we were much better in the second half. We played with a better level of intensity, we got more balls into the box and deservedly equalised.

“We were then the team in the ascendency after the goal but we then concede a really scrappy second goal and then they score a third with another wonderful strike.

“We are disappointed because that is a third defeat in a row but if we can play like we did in the second half and look to improve, we will pick up results.”


Dickov was dealt a blow before kick-off with the loss of Captain Rob Jones and Theo Robinson through injury.

It got worse early in the game when Jake Forster-Caskey scored with a long-range effort.

Despite not being on top of their game in the first half, Rovers had chances to equalise, Suk Young-Yun having the best chance when he found himself through on goal only to be thwarted by Tomasz Kuszczak in the Brighton goal.

Rovers deservedly levelled on 75 minutes when Chris Brown got the deftest of touches on a Mark Duffy free-kick.

As Rovers searched for a winner, they were caught with a sucker punch. Leroy Lita came off the bench for Brighton and he prodded home within minutes of his arrival, with just six minutes remaining.

It was Lita`s first goal for Brighton since his arrival and he continued his good run against Rovers with his fifth goal in seven games against the club.

David Lopez fired home a free-kick to give the scoreline a flattering look for the visitors in the final minute.

It is a worrying time for Rovers though, who have now conceded eleven goals in their last three games and have slipped to just one place above the relegation zone.

Next up is the South Yorkshire derby at Barnsley, where a defeat would see them drop into the bottom three.


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