Paul Dickov wants to turn the clock back to ensure a Championship future for Doncaster Rovers.
The South Yorkshire side head into Saturday’s derby against Town at the Keepmoat Stadium desperate to bounce back from a 5-0 mauling at Bournemouth which left them 20th, just three points above to drop zone.
It was a second straight loss and Doncaster, promoted last season, haven’t won in five.
Before that, they saw off Wigan and Charlton at the Keepmoat, either side of a draw at Blackpool.
And Dickov, who will have had a report of Town’s 5-0 home win over Barnsley from Rovers director of football Brian Flynn, who watched from the John Smith’s directors’ box, says there’s no reason his side can’t rekindle that kind of form.
“There’s been a little pattern to our season where we’ve played three or four games when we’ve raised the standards and kept them high then all of a sudden have had a big drop,” said the former Oldham chief.
“Whether that’s the mentality of the group or whether they think we’ve got to those standards and it’s too easy, I don’t know, but we then drop below them.
“For the next 13 games our standards are going to have to be bang on.
“We need to get back to the level we were at a few weeks ago.”
DIckov added: “We’ve got to move on now.
“We’ve got a big week in training and some big games to come. All of them are crucial. We will get a response.”
Dickov has on-loan Southampton striker Billy Sharp available again after a three-game suspension.
The 28-year-old ex-Sheffield United man, on target against Town while on loan to Reading earlier this season, was red carded in the 1-0 defeat at Brighton last month.
Sharp, a thorn in Town’s side during his time at Scunthorpe, played for Doncaster between 2009-12 after joining for a club-record £1.15m.
Rovers scooped £1.8m when he was transferred to Southampton.
Town are also likely to face former player Theo Robinson, who returned after a knee injury then illness as a substitute at Bournemouth.
The 25-year-old striker scored 16 goals in 45 games for Town in between joining from Watford in July 2009 and moving to Millwall, after a spell on loan, in January 2011.
He returned on loan from Derby last season, but was unable to get on the scoresheet in six outings.
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