Paul Dickov saluted striker Curtis Main after the striker played a key role in Rovers’ comeback win at Coventry City.
Main might not have got on the scoresheet but his doggedness and determination laid on goals for Jonson Clarke-Harris and Harry Forrester, after Richie Wellens had cancelled out Dominic Samuel’s fifth minute opener for the Sky Blues.
Rovers’ stunning second half comeback moved them a point closer to the sixth spot and ended a four-game run without a win.
“In the second half, led by Curtis Main up top who I thought was outstanding, we got the result that we deserved,” said Dickov.
“I thought everybody was outstanding [in the second half].
“It’s one of the best all-round team performances since I’ve been here, the second half.
“You talk about giving yourself a chance in games and after four minutes our centre halves went AWOL.
“They then had a little bit of pressure but leading into half time I felt we were going to score.
“I got into them a little bit at half time and I just wanted to make them realise what a great chance they’ve got, and not to throw that away.”
Dickov’s plans were threw into disarray when City scored early and Abdul Razak had to be subbed midway through the first half before he was sent off.
“I going nuts [about the goal] to be completely honest,” said Dickov.
“We went back to 4-1-4-1 because we felt away from home it has been a system that’s worked really well for us.
“After four and a half minutes we’re one nil down and then I had to take Abdul off before he was sent off, although we were thinking about changing it before that, getting two wingers on there and using the width.
“Abdul was on a tightrope and that made my mind up for me but we were talking about doing it anyway.”