Luke McCullough’s time will come again, insists Paul Dickov

Luke McCullough. Picture: Andrew Roe
Luke McCullough. Picture: Andrew Roe

Luke McCullough will benefit from a spell “out of the firing line”, according to boss Paul Dickov.

The 19-year-old defender is in contention for a return to the bench at the Amex tomorrow after dropping out of the matchday squad during Doncaster’s four-game unbeaten run.

McCullough made his debut in unusual circumstances when Brighton won 3-1 at the Keepmoat in November, replacing Rob Jones who pulled out during the warm-up.

His calm head on young shoulders impressed Dickov, and Rovers’ boss says the former Manchester United youngster’s time will come.

“Luke’s been fantastic,” said Dickov. “I’ve had him in and spoken to him.

“He was outstanding when he came in but sometimes with younger players, when they have that run of games, they need that bit of a rest. They need to taken out of the firing line.

“I’ve told Luke he’s got a big future at this club and a big future in football.

“He understands the need to bring the experienced lads in.

“He’s very mature in his thoughts on football and he understands that the back four are performing and he’ll have to wait for his chance.”

Dickov, meanwhile, says the Seagulls will face a far more confident Doncaster outfit tomorrow than the one they beat earlier in the season.

“We’ve watched that game back again this week and we were in it, we got the equaliser and then they’ve scored two fantastic goals which you can’t do anything about.

“We know that’s what they’re capable of, but we’re going into this game a lot more confident than we were going into the last one.”