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Manager post-Burton victory

8 October 2014

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"Why not Wembley?" mused Paul Dickov following JPT win.

Paul Dickov has said that he aims to take the club to Wembley following last night’s win over League Two outfit Burton Albion.

Rovers brushed the Brewers aside 3-0 at the Pirelli Stadium and Dickov says that his side’s chances of reaching the national stadium are “realistic.”

“Wembley is something we want to do and we mentioned to the players that we're five games from Wembley against teams in our league and the league below and it's a fantastic opportunity for us,” he said.

“As players, this trophy gives you something that you might not get in other cup competitions, it’s a realistic chance to take the club, fans and players to Wembley and it's one we want to try and go for.”

Doncaster won the competition in 2007 against Bristol Rovers – at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium – and were keen to avoid an upset against Gary Rowett’s high-flying Albion.

“It was an important win for us because this is a tough place to come and we warned the boys beforehand that they'd beaten QPR and Wigan so we had to be at it and I thought some of the play and the goals we scored were excellent tonight,” Dickov said.

“It was important that we were patient with the ball and kept moving it. I know people will want us to score every time we've got the ball but sometimes you’ve got to keep possession and manipulate the ball well and I thought we did that.”

Young professionals Mitchell Lund, Harry Middleton and Billy Whitehouse all featured, but Dickov was confident that the environment was right for them.

“It's a balancing act knowing when to pitch them in. You’ve got to be careful with the kids and we see them every day in training and we'll judge when they’re ready, but with Coppinger, Wellens, McCombe, Keegan and Tyson around them you have players to help them out on matchdays and in training and we want to bring through as many as possible,” he finished.

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