Doncaster Rovers: Dickov relishes freedom

Paul Dickov. Picture by Dan Westwell

Paul Dickov. Picture by Dan Westwell

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Paul Dickov is aiming to use the ‘underdog’ tag to Rovers’ advantage, writes Hayley Paterson.

Despite Reading enjoying a good start to their Championship campaign and Doncaster’s less than impressive record against the Royals, Dickov was relaxed about going to the Madejski Stadium as the perceived underdogs.

If anything, he feels particularly confident thanks to their 1-0 win over Leicester City.

“What it does, getting three points [against Leicester], it allows us to go there with no pressure on us,” the Scotsman said.

“It is another game nobody will be expecting anything of us so we can go down there and play with a bit of freedom.

“The only pressure we have got here is the pressure we put on ourselves.”

He went on: “We know it is going to be a tough game, they have got a lot of players and Nigel [Adkins - Reading boss] is a manager I have got a lot of respect for.

“He has got a lot of players who played in the Premier League last season so it will be tough for us.

“They have got a good home record but it will be no tougher than what Leicester was, Burnley, Forest.

“So, we can go there and we have got to embrace it.”

Former Rovers favourite and now Reading striker Billy Sharp is battling to be fit for the tie. But Dickov expects no easy task in stifling the Royals’ batch of impressive forwards whoever gets to start.

“Defensively we have got to be as we have been these last couple of weeks,” the former forward added.

On a possible Sharp return he said: “It would have been great to have him but he is at Reading now so there is nothing we can do about it.”