FORMER Derby County striker Paul Dickov has tipped the Rams to make a big impact in the Championship play-offs.
Dickov watched Derby beat his Doncaster Rovers’ side 2-0 on Friday night with goals from George Thorne and Chris Martin.
Results earlier in the day had already assured the Rams of a top-six finish and they sit third with three games left to play.
Dickov had a spell on loan at Derby from Leicester City in 2009 when he made 16 appearances.
He is impressed with this current side.
“Derby are a good team, a quality team, and they showed that with the two goals they scored against us,” said the Rovers’ boss.
“I think they will do very well in the play-offs. I think they have got a great chance.
“Nigel Clough did a fantastic job there and Steve McClaren has come in and done a phenomenal job as well.
“Derby have got pace in the team and goals, and they defend well.
“Jake Buxton this season has been absolutely fantastic and he showed that against us.”
Doncaster were promoted as League One champions last season and rated among the favourites to struggle in the Championship this season.
They have lost their last four matches and find themselves in a relegation scrap. They face a big game against fellow strugglers Millwall today.
Dickov is up for the battle ahead.
“We have come into a division of big clubs with massive budgets,” he said.
“We are competing and hanging on in there, and I firmly believe we will continue to do so until the end of the season.
“It will be a massive achievement if we stay up this season, and I am sure we can do that.”