PAUL DICKOV COLUMN: Mentality must be ‘all for one, one for all’

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

James Coppinger went to see an ankle specialist last night.

He had a scan on Monday which showed a little bit of ligament damage but his actual symptoms are a lot better than what the scan showed.

The swelling and bruising is not as bad as you might have expected so we needed to get it double-checked.

He’ll see a specialist and if that goes hand in hand we’re hopeful he’ll be available tomorrow. If not, we’ll go with what we’ve got.

It was a bad tackle. You know when James Coppinger goes down and has to come off through injury that there’s something wrong.

James is a key man for us. He’s been outstanding since I’ve been here.

Recently he’s been chipping in with goals as well. No disrespect to the other players, but I think we missed him when he came off on Saturday. You miss his influence out there.

I said last week that the squad is as strong as I’ve ever had so what it will do - if someone does pick up an injury - is give someone else a chance.

We’ve got players ready and waiting to come into the team and play their part. What that does is keep players on their toes.

As a group we had a long chat about that at the back end of last week. What I don’t want now is for anyone to spit their dummy out if they’re not playing. It’s not just about the team that goes out there, it’s about the squad now.

I have no problem with players knocking on my door if they’re not in the team. I like that. But what I will say is don’t come and see me all guns blazing but with no bullets in it. Back up your argument, and I’ll be as honest as I can. But there’s been nothing negative going on, it’s all been positive. I think the lads realise with the position we’re in, and the squad we’ve got, it gives us a chance now.

This week has been quite difficult because on Monday and Tuesday the training pitches were frozen. So the lads who have been playing a lot of games have rested up well. The lads that haven’t been playing have been doing a lot of gym work and physical work. We’ve had them on the bikes and doing a bit of boxing - mixing it up a bit for them, ready for them to train as normal on Thursday and Friday.

Walsall will be tough opponents - as tough, if not tougher, than Chesterfield. It’s important that we’re at it, and start fast like we have been doing.