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Doncaster Rovers: Dickov hails sharpshooter Billy

Rovers team mob Billy Sharp after he scored the injury time winner against Watford. Picture: Howard Roe.

Rovers team mob Billy Sharp after he scored the injury time winner against Watford. Picture: Howard Roe.

  • by Hayley Paterson Doncaster Rovers
 

Doncaster Rovers boss Paul Dickov was far from surprised that Billy Sharp was their last-gasp match-winner as the on-loan striker pounced to steer the club seven points clear of the relegation zone.

The prolific poacher slid home a stoppage time winner against 10-man Watford after Jonathan Bond had parried a Mark Duffy thunderbolt into the Southampton striker’s path.

“That is what Billy does best,” said the Rovers chief.

“He had two chances either side of Watford’s equaliser that he missed that on another day he puts away.

“But I had a feeling we would score. We were relentless in the final stages of the game and had chances fall to Richie [Wellens], [Paul] Keegan had one cleared off the line, Browny missed from yards out and Billy had his two chances.”

Rovers found themselves playing against 10 men for 70 minutes of the game after Mathias Ranegie was red carded for a kick out on James Husband.

The hosts then went into the lead five minutes later as James Coppinger, playing an unfamiliar role at right-back following an injury to Gabriel Tamas, whipped in a ball from the right which Chris Brown nodded in. Ikechi Anya equalised for the Hornets in the 68th minute before Sharp had the final say.

“That could be a big moment in the season for us; six points after that defeat at Bournemouth,” said Dickov.

“I’ve got to give the players credit for keeping at it; I had a feeling we’d score. Browny deserved his goal and if Billy misses a chance he will make sure he takes the next, which he did.”

 

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