Doncaster Rovers: Dickov hints at ‘same again’ selection for Leeds

James Coppinger looks set to slot in at right back again for Rovers
James Coppinger looks set to slot in at right back again for Rovers

He may have this week brought in a defender chasing a place at the World Cup but Paul Dickov is in no rush to change his back four.

Dickov hinted he is likely to name the same defensive line up for a fourth consecutive game, despite the arrival of Australia international Lucas Neill on Wednesday.

Rovers’ back line defended resolutely against Burnley on Tuesday night, despite plenty of pressure from the promotion-chasing Clarets.

And Dickov looks set to keep the faith.

“The back four have done really, really well, even the other night against a really good Burnley team,” he said.

“Even though we conceded the two goals and a lot of chances, a lot of those chances were from distance.

“Lucas is in to give his experience and cover.

“It gives me competition for places and whatever I decide to do I’ll have confidence in whoever goes out there.

“Lucas is ready. I might know him personally but his professionalism and desire I can’t speak highly enough of and that’s why I got him in.

“Before he joined Watford he was training with Blackburn.

“Physically with the stats he was up there with the best at both clubs over the past few months.”

Dickov is hoping to receive a further boost to his defensive ranks over the next week or two as Gabriel Tamas begins his return from a fractured cheekbone.

The Romanian is set to commence light training today after having an operation earlier this week.

Dickov said: “After the operation he’s still got a bit of bruising and swelling but he’s ok.

“We’re hopeful next week of starting the process of getting a mask fitted which takes a few day and we’ll have to take it from there.

“He’s going to do some light running over the next couple of days.

“It’s just a case of time and seeing how it heals.”