Gaffer lays down home gauntlet to squad.Paul Dickov lauded praise on goalkeeper Marko Marosi and midfielder Harry Middleton, both of whom made their FA Cup debuts on Tuesday night.
While the pair could not prevent Rovers sliding to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of League One promotion contenders Bristol City, the Scot suggested both would come in to contention for the local derby against Barnsley on Saturday.
“I thought he [Harry] did really well for his first start. We knew that possibly the intensity, travelling and nervous energy that he would have tired towards the end of the game, but I thought he did great, as did Marko,” said Dickov.
“It's difficult to come in and make your debut in any position never mind a goalkeeper, particularly when you’re chucked in at the deep end and we know he's got a lot of potential and he showed that during the game.
“The lads have bought in to what we do, we've got a lot of games in a short space of time, the recovery has to be right but we've got to play football as well. They’ve rested up, trained well and we look forward to Saturday.”
Dickov was quick to snap up goalkeeper Stephen Bywater on a short term deal, following his release from Millwall, in a bid to bolster his goalkeeping options and will vie with Marosi for a starting berth against Danny Wilson’s Reds.
“He’s a very good goalkeeper and we're delighted to have him. He’s played the majority of his football at a higher level, he's also been promoted out of this division and knows what it takes and that experience along with Andy Butler in the back line will be valuable. He’s very vocal, very dominant and positive in his outlook and that positivity will come through,” said Dickov.
“Danny [Wilson], like me will be looking for some consistency. They’re a good team who’ve made some good signings recently. We’ve got a lot of games coming up now but if we get the right results we can start looking up the table.
“The last two home performances have been really good and we want that to continue. We’ve had some good performances at home without the right results but in the last two we've started well, got on the front foot and put pressure on the opposition and been relentless with it. That’s something we want to take in to a derby game.
“It will be a good atmosphere and we want to make sure we don’t disappoint.”
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