Football - Dickov down after defeat

Doncaster boss Paul Dickov expressed his disappointment at his depleted side's performance in the 2-0 defeat to Charlton in their rearranged Sky Bet Championship clash.

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Rovers felt aggrieved when the original fixture was abandoned in August, with them leading 3-1, due to a torrential downpour.

They were left feeling distinctly under the weather again after goals from Dale Stephens and Simon Church consigned them to defeat in the rematch.

Dickov refused to dwell on the original postponement but he was not happy with their performance.

Disappointing Rovers failed to test Charlton goalkeeper Ben Alnwick, who was thrown in for his debut after Ben Hamer was injured in the warm-up.

"It's chalk and cheese," said Dickov. "We had six players missing from the abandoned game.

"But take nothing away from Charlton, they looked half a yard sharper than us.

"It grated at the time maybe but I can't let it now. I'm not going to make excuses, we should have done better than we did.

"In the majority of games this season we have competed well, but not here. We didn't match their desire and Charlton wanted it more than us."

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