DONCASTER rOVERS’ manager Paul Dickov has praised the upturn in form of winger Kyle Bennett – who is harnessing graft to craft in a positive start to the new campaign.
Bennett, 24 next month, was at a crossroads in his Rovers career in the summer after being out of favour for large parts of last term.
He was sent out on loan at Bradford City for much of the second half of 2013-14.
But the wingman, in his fourth season at the club, has propelled himself back into Dickov’s plans with his newfound work-rate and attitude.
On Bennett, Dickov said: “First and foremost, Kyle has had a really good pre-season and came back with the bit between his teeth.
“He is a player that, even though I sent him out on loan last year, I really like.
“He’s got a lot of ability and is a good character to have around the place as well.
“We all know he has the ability. The thing that struck us throughout pre-season and the other night was his work-rate.
“The wingers in my team know what I expect from them, which, first and foremost, is working hard.
“If you work hard, you always give yourself a chance.
“He is bringing a maturity into his play in training and in games.”
The season may still be in its infancy, but the midweek draw with Preston was the fourth occasion already this term when a replacement has found the net.
Nathan Tyson, Bennett, Harry Forrester and Theo Robinson have all scored after coming on and Dickov says it is a healthy sign.
He added: “It’s great for me. To have four substitutes come on and score in four games already shows me the togetherness of the group.”