Doncaster Rovers: More of the same pleads pleased Paul

Rob Jones suffered a hand injury at Huddersfield but will play tonight at Watford.
Rob Jones suffered a hand injury at Huddersfield but will play tonight at Watford.

Paul Dickov will send his side out at Vicarage Road tonight with one simple request – more of the same, please.

Such was Dickov’s satisfaction with Saturday’s goalless draw at Hudderfield, he went as far as labelling most aspects of the performance as the ‘best of the season.’

Making life simple for the Rovers boss and his side, tonight’s opponents Watford favour the same wing back approach as Huddersfield.

Hence the plea for a repeat of Saturday’s showing.

“It’s got to be more of the same,” Dickov said.

“We found what we prepared all week for Saturday worked.

“Whether or not it works again we’ll see on Tuesday night.

“Watford are another team that like to play three at the back.

“So I want the same as we did on Saturday and hopefully we’ll get the result.

Watford boss Gianfranco Zola tweaked his usual 3-5-2 line-up in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Charlton, switching to 3-4-2-1 to create increased forward threat through three men.

Such a switch is unlikely to concern Dickov who continues to insist it is what Rovers do that matters, rather than the opposition.

He said: “It’s very easy to fall into a trap of being too concerned about the opposition, especially when they do things a bit different from what you’re usually up against.

“But Hudderfield changed their system three times in the first half to try and combat what we were doing.

“That was particularly pleasing for us.

“We talked about it before the weekend that regardless of the system and personnel we come up against, if we do our own things right and make ourselves hard to beat, we can overcome whatever.

“The message will be same for Tuesday night and every game this season.

“Defensively, we’re going to have the same shape as last weekend.

“Watford have got players who can rip you open, so we have to make sure our spaces are right and we’re rigid without the ball.

“And, as always, with the ball we need to go and play.”

Dickov is full of respect for Hornets boss Zola, who he termed ‘a legend.’

He expects Watford to recover from the disappointment of play-off final defeat last season and challenge for honours again.

But Dickov also believes Watford’s style will suit Rovers tonight.

He said: “This is going to be a tough, tough game.

“It’s a trip to a team I fully expect to be up there at the end of the season.

“They’ve got a manager who is a legend in my eyes. He was a fantastic player, he’s a fanatastic manager and, most important for me, he’s a fantastic person.

“He’s been there and done it and he’ll draw on that experience to help them get over the disappointment of the end of last season.

“They players have got that experience now, they’ve been through the disappointment but they’ve also got a season in the Championship under their belts.

“They did really well and came so close last year. They’ll be right up there again.

“Gianfranco has got players that like to get the ball down and pass it.

“I think that suits us because we like to do the same.

Rob Jones will play despite a hand injury but the game is likely to come too soon for Harry Forrester who missed the Huddersfield trip following a training ground injury.