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Dickov On Leeds

13 December 2013

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Rovers manager Paul Dickov spoke to Rovers Player ahead of the Yorkshire derby fixture against Leeds United on Saturday.

“Leeds play a system at the moment that Brian has introduced to them, which makes them hard to play against. They play with three at the back and four across the midfield, which we will have to look how we combat.

"They are scoring goals and playing good football but as we proved against QPR, we can compete with these sides. We have to make sure that because Ross McCormack is having a good season, we don’t concentrate solely on him. They have a number of good players such as Mowatt and Murphy plus one I know a lot about, Matt Smith.

"Matt is a player that I watched a lot when I was at Oldham, when he was in non league football. I signed him at Oldham on a two year contract and other than his mum and dad, there is no one more delighted to see how well he is doing at Leeds.

"He is a fantastic kid who wants to learn more and develop. To see him score goals at this level is a credit to him because he is not just a handful on the pitch but a great kid off it. He is a throw back to the old centre forward which lots of teams find hard to handle. We will have to watch him carefully when he gets in the box because he is so good in those situations with his flicks and good footwork.

"I would have loved to have brought him here but at that time I had other priorities in other positions, so we lost him to Leeds.

"I hope he as lots of success but not until after Saturday!”

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