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Fortune favours the brave - Dickov

Reporter: MATTHEW CHAMBERS
Date online: 30 November 2012

Latics boss seeks positive attitude from midfielders

PAUL Dickov wants extra firepower as Athletic go for FA Cup glory tomorrow.

Only three times all season have Athletic's central midfielders found the back of the net.

James Wesolowski is yet to score and captain Dean Furman and Youssouf Mchangama have one each so far. The other goal came from striker turned midfield man Robbie Simpson.

As a team, Athletic have only scored five times in the last six fixtures. And with support up front lacking, on-loan Matt Derbyshire's barren scoring run has stretched to nine matches.

Dickov worked with his players on the issue in training yesterday to try to rid them of a safety-first mindset which has protection rather than attack as its focus.

And there would be no better time to hit the goal trail than in the second round FA Cup-tie tomorrow at Boundary Park, against an in-form Doncaster outfit Dickov says his side are well capable of beating.

"Looking back to a couple of months ago when Dean Furman scored against Preston, those are the positions we want to get him in," said the manager, who loses suspended duo Dean Bouzanis and Cliff Byrne, but welcomes back Simpson into tomorrow's squad after a groin injury.

Players can become more concerned with not conceding goals rather than getting forward.

"We have worked hard at it in training and hopefully it will pay off."

Dickov feels the absence of Doncaster's suspended duo of David Cotterill and Iain Hume may hurt the visitors' chances more than Athletic’s loss of Byrne and Bouzanis — the club’s eighth and ninth suspensions of the season.

Both players have been fined wages and Dickov has driven home the message to his squad that poor discipline is hurting the team's chances.

Alex Cisak comes straight back in after his recall from Portsmouth to feature in goal against Rovers, but with James Tarkowski struggling with his feet, the make-up of the rest of the starting XI remains a matter of conjecture.

Nobody is under any illusions as to the importance of getting through to the third round, Dickov emphasised.

"If we get there, then we can all sit down and enjoy the draw on Sunday," he said. "But we won't have anything to watch if we don't get a (positive) result."

The draw will be made by Fabrice Muamba and Ledley King and shown at 2.40pm on ITV1.

Comments

I like the photo caption....Shooting Star!, Robbie Simpson is the answer, just look at his goal tally, I bet the opposition are quaking in their boots. Will Dickov be able to motivate his troops this weekend?, or will it find the usual deaf ears?. It is ok to fine the players Dickov, but the ability to properly motivate the players is a must!, something I am afraid your sadly lacking!.

When we do get knocked out, maybe the players and coaching staff can concentrate on how to get the players playing has a team and getting more than last minute goals against teams who couldn't buy a win.

this club must save a fortune on paying winning bonuses.

Fortune also favours good managers. Maybe you ought to give the idea a go PD? No use pushing blame elsewhere after every poor performance (countless poor performances).

I think the BRAVE will be those spending £20 of their fortune to watch the game.

Did not attend but very happy with the result - Well done PD for result.As i said before there are some talented players in the squad so how is it that we can beat comprehensively the better teams like Preston & Doncaster but not show up when we play the dross teams & there are a few in our division! Hope we can get some consistency into the performances especially at home. Praying for a big club in next round :- City, Utd, Arsenal,Spurs,Newcastle away would be good for the fans & the club !

 

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