Doncaster Rovers: Paul Dickov backs Curtis Main to fire

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Curtis Main has the full backing of his manager, Paul Dickov has insisted.

Dickov was asked about his attacking options at the Meet The Owners event at the Keepmoat this week.

Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov

And he took the opportunity to publicly and emphatically back Main, who has suffered through several high-profile missed chances in recent games, including a gilt-edged one-on-one at Chesterfield last weekend.

Main has netted just once in his last 14 appearances for Rovers, and that solitary goal came from the penalty spot in the defeat to Gillingham.

But Dickov believes the 22-year-old will soon come good on the scoring front for Rovers.

“As a manager and as a club, there comes a point when you have to back your players,” Dickov said.

“If someone is having a bit of a rough time, as Curtis is at the minute in front of goal, you have to stick by them.

“I don’t think anyone can fault his workrate in the last couple of games or him getting in the right position to score goals.

“If we keep putting him in and out of the team, we’re going to knock his confidence.

“We believe Curtis is a talented boy. He’s only 22.

“He deserves his chance and he deserves backing from his manager and the fans as well.

“He will come good.”

The representatives of the club present at the Meet The Owners forum were questioned over whether it would be wise to invest in a new striker in order to boost the push for an immediate return to the Championship.

Dickov responded by revealing more on his unsuccessful pair of bids for a striker last week, insisting he would not be forced into paying over the odds.

He said: “We put in what we thought were two very good bids for a striker.

“We weren’t as much turned down but told the player we wanted wasn’t for sale.

“There is only a certain amount of strikers you can go for and with the money that was made available for me to go and sign a striker, the ones that were available I didn’t think were worth it.

“I won’t just go and spend the money for the sake of it.

“We did try to get that bit extra but what was available that we felt would make the difference wasn’t out there to go and get at the time.”

Chief executive Gavin Baldwin also backed the club’s existing strikers, and Main in particular.

Baldwin said: “We want one to go in off Curtis’ backside or whatever because we genuinely believe that once he gets one, he’ll go on a roll.

“He just needs a bit of confidence.”

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