Bucky’s Blog: FA Cup can help Rovers gain momentum

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

I had a good chat with Paul Dickov at the FA Youth Cup game at the Keepmoat Stadium on Monday night - and the passion he has for his job came across loud and clear.

The man is desperate for this club to succeed.

Of course, that drive and determination should be a gimme for any football manager. But I enjoyed talking to him, and the sort of passion he brings to the club can be infectious in a dressing room.

What Dickov wants above anything else at the moment is for his team to go on a run and show some sort of consistency. Moving forward he needs a bit of luck with injuries. If he could keep a settled side that would make a big difference.

I did get the feeling talking to Dickov, if Rovers can get on a bit of a roll and keep players fit, that he still feels this team can achieve something special this season.

After a spirited display at Bradford, I certainly don’t envisage many changes to the team this weekend for the FA Cup trip to Weston-Super-Mare.

This tie has got ‘banana-skin’ written all over it. And it’s not a nice sort of banana skin either. They’re struggling in Conference South. It’s a game Doncaster will be expected to win comfortably.

If they can get an early goal, and then keep the ball and dictate the tempo, they should be able to negotiate the tie. What they don’t want to do is give them any sort of leg up.

I’ve been told the pitch down there is in good condition, so that’s in our favour.

The win at Bradford should certainly give the team plenty of encouragement heading into this weekend’s first round tie.

This weekend’s game provides a real opportunity to build on two very promising performances.

Sam Johnstone, Andy Butler and Curtis Main have made a notable difference since coming into the team. Hopefully things will continue to click into place over the coming week.

It’s been pleasing to see Doncaster dig in and show plenty of character in the last two games.

With that sort of attitude, Rovers will win more than they lose at this level.