Preview: Burton Albion v Doncaster Rovers - JPT

Doncaster Rover's Manager Paul Dickov
Doncaster Rover's Manager Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov says his players have the focus to get a strong Johnstone’s Paint Trophy run going because there’s an ultimate prize at stake - a trip to Wembley.

The Rovers chief has challenged his side to put a good cup run together, starting with their Second Round clash with League Two high-fliers Burton Albion, because it’s a ‘realistic’ chance of playing at Wembley.

Dickov has himself played at Wembley - and scored - and so knows all about how special it can be to play at England’s signature stadium.

“I asked the players how many had actually been to Wembley and they all put up their hands. I then said ‘Not as a supporter but to actually play’ and I think there was about three or four of them who had,” said the Scotsman.

“I was lucky enough to do it and it’s a fantastic experience and one I’ll never forget.

“It’s a realistic chance for us to do it [get to Wembley] and we’ll be doing everything we can to get there.

“It’s not going to be easy. We’ve got a really, really tough game against Burton coming up and they’ll have the same aspiration as us.

“If you offered any fans during any season the chance to go to Wembley, they’d snap your hand off.

“There’s confidence in getting a good cup run together, there’s a feel-good factor too, so it’s a big game for us.”

Rovers and Albion have met just twice - with Doncaster boasting a perfect win-rate following 1-0 and 2-1 triumphs during the 2002-03 Conference season.

Albion head into the tie nursing a 3-1 defeat to Cambridge United whereas Dickov’s men celebrated a 2-1 derby day success over Scunthorpe at the weekend.

The tie will also see a reuinon between bosses Dickov and Gary Rowett who both played for Leicester City.

“They’ve already beaten QPR, Wigan in the cup as well so that shows you the kind of challenge we’re going to have,” Dickov added.