Doncaster Rovers: Dickov won’t alter style of play for League One

Doncaster head to Grimsby tonight. Their last visit to Blundell Park was during preparations for the 2012/13 League One title winning season.
Doncaster head to Grimsby tonight. Their last visit to Blundell Park was during preparations for the 2012/13 League One title winning season.

Paul Dickov has no intention of changing Doncaster’s style of play.

But the Scot says Rovers must be prepared to ‘mix it up’ in League One.

Pre-season preparations have been focused on fitness since the squad reported back a fortnight ago.

Tonight Rovers travel to Grimsby Town (7pm) in their fourth friendly run-out - and Dickov will begin to pay more attention to performance rather than just perspiration against the Skrill Premier outfit.

Doncaster created a very robust style under Dean Saunders and then Brian Flynn last time out in League One - before Dickov set out on installing his pass and press mentality.

With just 11 pros currently under contract, Dickov is effectively working from a clean slate following relegation from the Championship.

But he says supporters should not expect any further shifts in style as Rovers step up their preparations for the big kick off.

“We go again,” Dickov said.

“I’ve said all along we’ve got to be adaptable.

“We’ve said that to the players, bearing in mind some of pitches in this division.

“But what I will say about League One is that over the last few years there’s a lot more teams in it that like to try and play football as well.

“We know we’ve got the ability to do that. But we’ve also got the ability to mix it up a bit if we have to.”

Tonight’s game could offer the first insight into the effect of John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson’s takeover collapsing - in terms who Rovers can now afford to offer a deal. Rovers fielded no fewer than seven trialists in their last domestic friendly at Lincoln.