Paul Dickov says the team he named in last night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie shows exactly how serious he is taking the competition.
All three of the changes the Rovers boss made were enforced with Dean Furman and Luke McCullough on international duty while Liam Wakefield was injured.
And Dickov insists he is desperate to grasp the opportunity of a ‘realistic chance’ of winning a trophy.
“I said to the lads before we went out that it is just five games from Wembley and against teams from the same division or teams below us,” Dickov said.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for the lads. We know it’ll be a tough draw for the next round.
“But it’s a competition that gives you something which you might not get in other cup competitions which is a realistic chance of taking the supporters and the players to Wembley.
“I want to take the club there and I think that showed with the team I put out there.”
Goals from Harry Forrester, Nathan Tyson and Richie Wellens booked Rovers’ place in the Northern Section quarter final as they swept aside Burton Albion.
And Dickov was delighted with much of the performance at the Pirelli Stadium.
He said: “I felt it was important we were patient with the ball and kept moving it.
“I know certain players and the fans want you to score every time you’ve got the ball but sometimes you’ve got to keep possession and manipulate the ball.
“I thought we were excellent at that at times.
“We knew we’d have to be at it going there because Burton have beaten both Wigan and QPR at home this season.
“I thought some of the play and the goals we scored were excellent.”
Mitchell Lund was handed his senior debut, playing at right back in place of Wakefield.
Dickov said: “He did very well and we feel he is going to be a very good player.”
“He showed great maturity.”