Doncaster Rovers: Keep the momentum going - Paul Dickov

Doncaster Rovers Richie Wellens fires a shot at goal.
Doncaster Rovers Richie Wellens fires a shot at goal.

Rovers are heading into an international break boasting back-to-back wins for the first time since August.

Paul Dickov’s men claimed the scalps of Scunthorpe United in League One on Saturday and Burton Albion in Tuesday night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie.

Goals from Harry Forrester, Nathan Tyson and Richie Wellens helped Doncaster clinch a 3-0 success over Albion, seeing them progress into the area quarter-finals.

Tuesday’s triumph also marked the side’s first back-to-back wins since beating Watford in the Capital One Cup and Colchester in the league.

Rovers now head into an international break which forced Saturday’s home clash with Notts County to be postponed following call-ups for three members of the squad.

As Dean Furman, Luke McCullough and Marko Marosi represent their respective countries in South Africa, Northern Ireland and Slovakia, the rest of the Rovers contingent will be hitting the training field as they prepare for Fleetwood on October 18.

And Dickov is calling for consistency despite the enforced break.

“It’s a chance to build now,” said Dickov.

“We’ll work the ones who need it over the next week or so and get some rest into the ones that need it for what will be a very tough game at Fleetwood.

“But we’ll be going there with confidence.”

The break gives Doncaster the chance to get their players back to full fitness, particularly those who had been struck by a sickness bug which had blighted the camp earlier this month.

Cedric Evina, Richie Wellens and Reece Wabara - who all suffered from the illness - played in the victory over Burton, with Dickov saying everybody was ‘more or less on the mend’.

The break will also see Curtis Main continue his recovery from a knee injury. Dickov admitted he could have selected the striker to feature against Burton but opted to give Main more time to rest and recover.

* The draw for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy area quarter-finals takes place live on Sky’s Soccer AM on Saturday.