Doncaster Rovers: Dickov sings Husband’s praises

James Husband went up against Blackpool's Tom Ince on the opening day of the season.
James Husband went up against Blackpool's Tom Ince on the opening day of the season.

Being something of a ‘flash Harry’ might be an accusation commonly thrown at young footballers.

But nothing of the sort can be said about teenager James Husband.

That’s the verdict of boss Paul Dickov who has waxed lyrical about the 19-year-old’s start to the new season - both on and off the pitch.

“A lot of young kids at football clubs get stick nowadays for being a little flash and loving the lifestyle and everything else that goes with it,” said Dickov.

“But Hubby’s a top, top kid.

“The one thing he wants to do is learn. He works his socks off.

“The kid’s done fantastic so far,” he added.

“I thought he got better as the game went on against Rochdale.

“Last Saturday he was up against Tom Ince, who they’re talking about being an £8 million player, and I can’t really remember him skinning Hubby at any point during the game.

“The two chances he did have were through our mistakes and being sloppy on the ball.

“So you’ve got to give James a lot of credit for that and he’ll take confidence from it.”

Husband has filled the gap left by Tommy Spurr’s departure to Friday night’s opponents Blackburn Rovers admirably.

However, Dickov still hopes to add an experienced left back to his squad before the transfer window slams shut.

Among Dickov’s potential targets is West Ham’s George McCartney, who would welcome some regular first team football following an injury-ravaged 2012/13 campaign.

“What we want to do is have competition for places in each position,” said Dickov.

“We don’t want anybody getting into a comfort zone and feeling as though they’re going to be picked automatically.

“The only way that will happen is that, sometimes, I might keep a winning team.”

Rovers ended their six-year exile from the Central League yesterday but lost 2-1 to Mansfield Town on their return to the reserve team competition.

Sanchez Payne, one of four Rovers trialists to feature in the game, netted in between goals from Chris Clements and Lindon Meikle.