Paul Dickov is ready to play the long game at Doncaster Rovers.
Doncaster’s bench on Tuesday night was made up of six youngsters and Nathan Tyson, whose stoppage time equaliser earned Rovers a deserved point against Preston.
But Dickov is pragmatic about the resources he has available and insists the club are now intent on building for the long term.
“We knew going into the season that, more often than not, there’d be a lot of young kids on the bench,” said Dickov.
“It is going to be a building process for the next season or so - possibly beyond that.
“We know that.
“But it’s something as a club we’re all committed to doing.”
After earning a last gasp 1-1 draw against a well fancied Preston outfit, Dickov added: “A lot of the lads showed a lot of maturity beyond their years, which is good going forward.”
Doncaster were well below par in Saturday’s disappointing 3-1 home defeat to Port Vale but their defending and passing was notably better against the Lilywhites.
The performance was all the more encouraging for Dickov given the way his side responded to skipper Rob Jones being forced off in the early stages following advice from the club doctor.
Jones had a scan on his neck yesterday and today Dickov revealed positive news on that front.
“Rob’s injury is not as bad as first feared and he’s getting better each day,” said Dickov.
“It’s only a muscle injury.”
Jones could even be fit for Saturday’s trip to Colchester when Rovers will bid to continue their 100 per cent record on the road.