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Dickov praises youngsters attitudes

26 October 2014

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First team manager Paul Dickov is full of praise for his first year professionals stepping up to first team level.

Dickov has highlighted his desire in bringing young players through the ranks at Doncaster Rovers and wants to see them pushing the senior players for a place in the starting eleven.

“We want youngsters from the area who in the past would have gone to other Yorkshire clubs, to come to Doncaster Rovers and progress through us,” Dickov said.

“I’m hands on and I have a big passion for bringing our own players through here. It isn’t something that is going to happen over night, we know that. But it is where we want to be.

“We know every player that comes in and makes their debut won’t spend their career with us, but we want to get a reputation of bringing our own players through.”

Dickov was quick to praise the youngsters of the squad for their efforts so far this season.

“Mitchell (Lund) was fantastic against Burton, he showed great maturity and is going to be a very good player.

“Wakey has come in a done a job for us and Billy and Fergie have been fantastic too.

“People may shoot me down but at that age the results aren’t important, I’m looking at their individual performances.

“When we played at Elland Road the other week we lost 6-0, but Ferguson and Whitehouse were outstanding. Their attitude and energy to keep going when we were down was second to none. It’s very easy when things are going well but I want to look at a players character when things aren’t going their way.

“Billy (Whitehouse) had done so well in the defeat to Leeds that we wanted to give him his debut the following night at Burton. By doing that we’re showing what we are prepared to do if players deserve it.”



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