Doncaster Rovers: Dickov could name unchanged team at Crewe for first time this season

Doncaster Rovers manager Paul Dickov before the FA Cup First Round match at Woodspring Stadium, Weston-Super-Mare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 8, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Weston-Super-Mare. Photo credit should read Simon Galloway/PA Wire. Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Doncaster Rovers manager Paul Dickov before the FA Cup First Round match at Woodspring Stadium, Weston-Super-Mare. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 8, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Weston-Super-Mare. Photo credit should read Simon Galloway/PA Wire. Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
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Paul Dickov could be afforded a very rare luxury at Crewe today - by naming an unchanged team.

The Scot, for various reasons, has been unable to field the same eleven in back-to-back games this season.

But that looks set to change at Gresty Road this afternoon following last weekend’s win at Rochdale - and Dickov says his more consistent team selection over recent weeks has been vital to Rovers’ return to form.

“There’s a very good chance I’ll be able to do it [name an unchanged team],” smiled Dickov.

“I think it would be very hard to leave anybody out after last week.

“Within the changes recently, I think it’s mainly been between Kyle [Bennett] and Harry [Forrester] if there have been any.

“What we’ve got now, albeit with Rob Jones, Cedric Evina and Jamie McCombe not up to full fitness, is a fully fit squad to pick from.

“We’ve got competition for places but the most important thing for me is being able to put a consistent team out.

“We’ve had one defeat in the last five games and that defeat [against Sheffield United] was when we had to shuffle the back four around because we didn’t have Andy Butler and Luke McCullough.

“There’s been the odd change here and there but having people back and fit has definitely been helpful for us.

“That consistency in selection goes hand in hand with the upturn in form.

“It has been frustrating not being able to name an unchanged team,” he added.

“There’s many contributing factors to that though.

“I try to be as honest as I can when I’m talking to the media but sometimes people have got niggles and I don’t want to let the opposition know.

“People might have been ill, or have personal problems.

“Sometimes people think ‘why’s he not in the team?’ but he might not have trained all week, for whatever reason.”