Doncaster Rovers: Paul Dickov looking for progress marker in Bristol City FA Cup clash

Doncaster boss Paul Dickov -Pic by: Richard Parkes
Doncaster boss Paul Dickov -Pic by: Richard Parkes

Paul Dickov is looking upon this afternoon’s FA Cup tie with Bristol City as a marker to show how much his side has improved over the last few months.

Rovers were comprehensively beaten by the table-topping Robins at Ashton Gate in September.

But Dickov is confident it will be a different outcome this time around.

“We know it’s going to be a tough game,” Dickov said.

“They’re flying high at the top of the league and they’ll probably be coming here expecting to win.

“The way we’re playing at the minute, we go in with a lot of confidence.

“We feel and we hope it’ll be a lot different to the way it was down there in September.

“In the last fortnight we’ve played Coventry, who you’d have expected to be up there plus Swindon and Peterborough who were two of the promotion favourites at the start of the season.

“We played really well against them so we know we can match the teams that are up there.

“We’ll be going on it from the off.”

Passage to round four at the expense of City is high on Dickov’s agenda.

But maintaining the good period of form is equally important for the Rovers boss, who has seen his side go three unbeaten with three clean sheets.

“We want to keep up our run, we want consistency and you only do that by going on a run undefeated,” Dickov said.

“We want to continue that against Bristol City.”

Dickov was full of praise for the Robins and boss Steve Cotterill, whom he worked with during his playing career at Leicester City.

City have lost just three times in League One so far this season.

“They’ve got a lot of good players,” Dickov said.

“Steve was very clever in the summer because he got all of his squad together before the start of pre-season and that showed with the way they hit the ground running.

“He’s recruited well. If you take a couple of players out of the team, he’s got like-for-like players to come in.

“Steve’s a good guy. He was my coach at Leicester for a short space of time. He was very good and he’s showing that now as a manager.

“He’s a proper football person as well and I’m delighted to see him doing so well.”

The Rovers boss spoke as respectfully as ever about the FA Cup, a competition he won as part of the triumphant 1993 Arsenal squad.

And he insists the whole club are committed to doing well in the competition.

He said: “The financial aspect is there but so is the feel-good factor.

“We’ll be going all out to try and get in the fourth round.

“People say maybe a few years ago the magic went away but I think it’s back now.

“The fans, the players and all the clubs want to do well.
“It’s the biggest cup competition in the world with the history behind it and it’s a competition I love.”

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