Doncaster Rovers: Team news: Dickov suffers from a Sharp headache

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

Billy Sharp’s arrival at Rovers has inflicted something of a headache on Paul Dickov ahead of the trip to Blackpool.

The Rovers boss admits it would be somewhat foolish to sign a player of Sharp’s class and leave him on the bench.

But Dickov says he would find it incredibly difficult to leave out any player after the season-best performance in the win over Wigan last weekend.

“You don’t bring someone like Billy Sharp in and not have him in your plans to start,” Dickov said.

“The dilemma I’ve got is that I’ve probably had the most complete performance from my players in the Wigan game.

“I’ll be having a look at it before Saturday but if there is a change it will be Billy coming in.

“If not, he’ll be sitting on the bench.”

Dickov may yet be forced into a change after Abdoulaye Meite and Harry Forrester suffered knocks against Wigan.

Meite was set to return to training yesterday while Forrester is expected to take part in sessions today.

Blackpool sacked boss Paul Ince earlier this week, bringing the inevitable expectation of a positive reaction following a terrible run of nine defeats from their last ten games.

But Dickov says he will stick by his belief in paying no mind to the situation of the opposition.

He said: “We cannot get caught up in what’s happening elsewhere, be that in games, at clubs or whatever.

“It’s disappointing for Blackpool what’s been happening there. I’m an ex player and it’s a good club.

“But we have to go there with the same desire and attitude as we showed against Wigan. Our focus must be at a maximum.”

Blackpool will be without Ricardo Fuller and Gary MacKenzie who have both been ruled out for a month with hamstring and ankle problems respectively.

And the Tangerines are expected to complete a loan deal for Blackburn striker David Goodwillie.