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Dickov Expecting ‘Great Game’

21 September 2013

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Manager Paul Dickov told Rovers Player that he expected the fixture against Nottingham Forest on Saturday to be a ‘great game’.

Rovers go into the game full of confidence after the last couple of performances against Huddersfield and Watford.

Dickov is sweating on the fitness of influential midfielder Richie Wellens and impressive full-back Reece Wabara for the game.

“The disappointing thing at Watford, as well as the penalty decision, was that both Richie (Wellens) and Reece (Wabara) picked up knocks that has left them 50/50 for Saturday's game against Forest,” he said

“They both took knocks in the first half but showed a lot of desire to play by carrying on as long as they could. 

“We will have them assessed today and maybe they could train tomorrow but it all depends how they respond to the physio’s work. 

“Richie is one player we can not afford to lose for such a game. He is one the mainstays of all we want to do here in midfield and Reece is only a young kid but is getting better every game. 

“If Richie or Reece miss out we do have good players, who have been patient, ready to step into the team and take their chance.”

One player that has gained the plaudits this season is Paul Keegan and Dickov believes that it is down to his work rate: “Paul Keegan has proved, if you get in the side and work hard you keep your place.

“I can’t say enough about his work rate and dedication to the side. Gianfranco Zola even said how good the lad was, which is all well and good coming from me but it’s special to get praise from the opposing manager.”

Paul also revealed that a loan bid had been received for Billy Paynter however the player is keen to remain in Doncaster and fight for his place.

“We are not actively looking to get any of our players out on loan to get them games but If someone came in for one of them we would sit down and look at whether its good for the players and for us. 

“We did have a club come in and ask about Billy (Paynter) but he wants to stay and fight for his place here, which is the attitude you want at a club. You always look at getting fringe players out but if they believe in what we are doing and want to fight for a place, that’s fantastic.”

Paul spoke about putting the last home performance right in the game against Forest on Saturday.

“We will approach the Forest game like we always do for every game,” he said

“The one thing we want to do is put right the performance in the last home game against Bournemouth.

“We have a top team coming on Saturday, in front of a good crowd, so we really want to take the game to them and show the home fans what the away fans have been talking about. 
“Other than the Bournemouth game, we have had quite a lot of possession in games and looked the better side, but results determine how we are perceived. 

“We have told the lads that they have to go out there, and if they can’t win, not to lose by pushing too much when they don’t need to.

“It’s paramount that we give the home fans the results they want by being disciplined at all time whether we have the ball or not, like at Huddersfield and Watford.

“I’m sure we are going to have a great game on Saturday.”

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