Doncaster Rovers: Competition can spur us on - Dickov

Billy Paynter scores against Leeds.
Billy Paynter scores against Leeds.

There is no such thing as a comfort zone at Doncaster, according to Paul Dickov.

Mark Duffy, Paul Keegan and midweek goalscorer Billy Paynter are all vying for a starting berth against Bournemouth today.

And Dickov believes the current competition for places at Rovers can benefit the club in the long run.

“Competition for places is what we want,” said Dickov.

“We want the ones who are in the team to be on their toes and be doing absolutely everything they can to stay in the team. The ones who are out of the team we want them to take their chance when they get it.

“Like Billy and Mark did the other night.

“It spurs players on.

“The last thing you want is individuals in the comfort zone and believing that they’re going to get picked every week.

“We’ve got competition in most positions and that’s only good for the future of the club.”

Dickov had particular praise for Billy Paynter, who has found himself behind Chris Brown and Theo Robinson in the pecking order.

“Billy’s been fantastic,” he said.

“His attitude to not being in the team has been great.

“And I can say the same of the other players - the likes of Paul Quinn, Mark Duffy, Dave Syers,” he added.

“They’re right behind the lads that are in the team and they’re champing at the bit.”