Paul Dickov hailed his team from front to back after they got their new League One campaign off to the perfect start at Yeovil.
Doncaster’s clinical attacking play - which saw Curtis Main, Harry Forrester and Theo Robinson all open their accounts - naturally caught the eye in Saturday’s emphatic 3-0 win at Huish Park.
But Dickov was just as keen to praise his team’s defensive efforts as they shut out the Glovers and laid down a very early marker for the season ahead.
“The most pleasing thing was the clean sheet,” said Dickov.
“If you keep clean sheets in this league it always gives you a chance, especially with the threat we’ve got going forward.
“To come away to a tough place and score three good goals and keep a clean sheet is a fantastic start for us - but that’s all it is,” he added.
“That group of lads that started the game, and the subs that came on, have probably only had ten days together, so I’ve got to give the players enormous credit.
“The energy, pace and the power that we showed was really pleasing, but I still feel that the more the group plays, the better we’ll get.”
Much to the delight of Dickov, former Middlesbrough man Main took just eight minutes to break the deadlock.
The young striker’s immediate bond with the equally impressive Nathan Tyson was arguably the biggest positive of a very satisfying opening day.
Dickov said: “We wanted to get off to a quick start and we did that. It was something we’d been working on all week.
“When you travel to difficult places, the key is to silence the fans early doors.
“We scored a fantastic goal and that really settled everyone down.
“With the two lads up front, and then Theo coming on, we know we’ll cause teams a lot of problems.
“We’ve got a lot of pace in the team going forward, which scares the life out of teams,” he added.
“We look a threat.
“We’ve got good players, and there’s a determination among them to do really well this year.”