Doncaster Rovers: You’ve had your chance - Dickov

Doncaster Rovers' boss Paul Dickov.
Doncaster Rovers' boss Paul Dickov.

Paul Dickov has warned his players they have all now had their chance to impress for Rovers.

And he also insists he will chop and change at will now he has a healthier squad at his disposal.

The return to fitness of Curtis Main plus the loan acquisition of Andy Butler means Dickov now has more personnel from which to select.

And he says that is bad news for those having an off-day in future games.

“The one thing no one can accuse me of is not giving people a chance,” Dickov said. “Especially the players.

“The majority of them have played and had a run of games now.

“And with the squad now at the size it is, I’m well within my rights to chop and change.”

Though bullish about how he will manage his various personnel options in the future, Dickov refused to accuse any of his players of letting him down this season.

He pointed back to claims earlier in the campaign that Rovers would endure a difficult season and take time to settle.

Dickov said: “For me, it’s just been a consistency thing.

“And it’s also important to point out that we are only 11 league games in.

“We know it was going to be a tough season and we knew you wouldn’t see the best of us on a consistent basis until after a certain number of games.

“I still believe that.”

In the hunt for consistency, Dickov feels he may have found part of the answer in Butler, signed on loan from Sheffield United on Thursday.

The Doncaster-born centre half was skipper for previous club Walsall, and Dickov hopes he will use his leadership skills to settle Rovers.

He said: “Andy’s a Doncaster lad. He’s a leader and an organiser on the pitch and how he plays.

“We need to be a bit louder in our communication on the pitch and he can do that for us.

“He heads out, he kicks out, he’s a proper defender.

“He’s an experienced loan player who has played games recently so he can come in and hit the ground running.”

Butler is set to make his Rovers debut in this afternoon’s clash with MK Dons at the Keepmoat.