Rovers manager says that the Road to Wembley starts at the Pirelli StadiumPaul Dickov stated that he had asked his squad how many had previously played at Wembley in the build up to Tuesday night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Second Round game against League Two Burton Albion.
The Rovers manager used the question to inspire his players and said that the JPT is a realistic chance for his troops to appear under the arch.
“The one thing we want to do is do well in this competition. We spoke to the players and asked how many had been to Wembley and there was only three or four and I was lucky enough to do it. It’s a fantastic experience and one you’ll never forget and it’s a realistic opportunity to get there,” he said.
“It’s not going to be easy, we’ve got a really tough game against Burton and every club in the competition will have the same aspirations as us.
“I don’t see it as a distraction, it’s a priority because it’s the next game and gives us a chance to get some consistency in to the performances and play again and get back to back wins.”
Rovers, who have not faced The Brewers since February 2003, won the competition in 2007 when they defeated namesakes Bristol at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
Dickov also said that the competition was a chance for fans to get to Wembley too.
“I think the majority of the fans will see it and if you offer any fans the chance to go to Wembley, they’d snap your hands off and the confidence and feel good factor of a cup run means it’s a big game for us,” he said.
“They’re a good team who we’ve had watched a few times and they’ve beaten Wigan and QPR already so we’re going to have our work cut out and Gary’s done a fantastic job because they’re flying high at the right end of League Two.”