No rest for loan star

Goals target: Milan Lalkovic hopes his month's loan will be extended.   Picture: Steve Taylor
Goals target: Milan Lalkovic hopes his month's loan will be extended. Picture: Steve Taylor
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WHILST his new Doncaster Rovers’ team-mates will be taking a well-earned break from the rigours of the Championship and excitement of the Carling Cup over the next few days, loan striker Milan Lalkovic will be on international duty with Slovakia Under-21s.

The Chelsea loanee will link up with the Slovakian squad buoyed by an impressive 30 minute stint after coming off the bench in Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Bristol City.

Lalkovic started on his debut for Rovers in their 3-0 defeat against Derby at Pride Park, but had no complaints about being relegated to the bench on Saturday.

“I understand that the manager didn’t want to change the team from the Carling Cup game against Leeds because we played well,” said Lalkovic, who wasn’t given permission to play in the game by Chelsea. “But I wanted to show what I can do and hopefully I did that on Saturday.”

Lalkovic felt that he should have done better than firing into the side netting from a clever back heel by James Hayter.

“I could have won the game,” he told The Star. “I was doing some shooting in training on Friday. Hopefully I’ll score a couple of goals during my time here. I’m here for a month but I think it can be extended.”

Having been thrown in at the deep end at Pride Park after just one training session, Lalkovic said that he felt more comfortable in Saturday’s game having spent a week at the club.

“I’ve got to know the players more and how they play and they’ve got to know me better and how I make my runs,” he said.

Lalkovic says that he has been made to feel very welcome at a club known for it’s friendly environment, and is happy with life at Doncaster.

“I am playing first team football and that’s why I came here,” he said. “It is all good experience training and playing with good players, and I can learn from them, and playing against good players.

“The pace of the game is different to that when I play for Chelsea Reserves, but I think that I’ve adapted.

“The Championship is much quicker and the Premier League is quicker still. I want to play in the Premier League and hopefully (playing at Doncaster) is a good start.

“One of the reasons I came here is because I knew that they played football rather than kicking balls high because I won’t win headers. It is important for me to play the ball on the floor both here and at Chelsea as well.”

As well as hoping to develop his own career during his time at Doncaster, Lalkovic says he is keen to help the team.

“Doncaster are down at the bottom and I want to help them go up,” he said.