AUDIO: Patience is the way forward against Birmingham City

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Just like Billy Sharp’s goal against Leeds United, which boasted 28-passes in the build-up, the message for Rovers on Saturday is clear - be patient.

Rovers’ on-loan striker finished off a stunning second goal for Doncaster in their 2-1 victory at Elland Road last weekend.

Doncaster's Billy Sharp celebrates his goal against Leeds. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Doncaster's Billy Sharp celebrates his goal against Leeds. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

And that build-up play is something manager Paul Dickov has been instilling into his players since his arrival in the summer and he wants that patience to continue when Birmingham arrive at the Keepmoat on Saturday.

“The players have to take the credit because the patience they showed in keeping the ball, it’s something we work on in training,” said Dickov on Sharp’s finish.

“We sometimes are at our worst when we try and score as soon as we win the ball back with every attack.

“We try and stress to the players that sometimes we have to keep the ball for three, four, five, six - maybe not 28 passes - to score a goal.

“It was a fantastic team goal. We scored one against Charlton which I think was nearly 30 passes, Mark Duffy’s goal, so it just shows we have that in the locker.”

A familiar face in Federico Macheda will be returning to South Yorkshire this weekend as he lines-up for his latest loan club Birmingham.

And Dickov knows all too well the threat the Italian striker, who netted three times in his spells with Rovers earlier this season, poses.

“We know he’s a top finisher, we have to counteract that by stopping service to him,” added the Rovers chief.