Doncaster Rovers: Praise for ‘top quality’ Tyson

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Nathan Tyson’s contribution to Rovers so far has been labelled outstanding by boss Paul Dickov.

Tyson – the hero of the Capital One Cup second round win over Watford – opened the scoring in Saturday’s 3-2 triumph over Chesterfield and led the line superbly in a lone striker role.

And Dickov says supporters can expect more of the same from the forward, as long as he is looked after.

“Nathan was outstanding on Saturday as he has been since he came to the club,” Dickov said.

“We’ve got to look after his body because he’s not played a lot of football over the last year or so and he didn’t have a lot of training in pre-season.

“But when he has done proper recovery and is well looked after, you will get performances like that one.

“I was speaking to other people in football after the Watford game in the cup and people were saying he was unplayable and had put in one of the best centre forward displays they’d seen in a while.

“And he wasn’t too far off that on Saturday.”

Tyson arrived at the Keepmoat in the summer having not scored in 21 months and enduring a lack of game time since leaving Nottingham Forest in 2011.

But he been involved in all bar one game so far this season for Rovers and has scored three goals – including the winning goal at Watford in the last round of the League Cup.

Despite taking a knock to his knee against the Spireites at the weekend, Tyson should be fit for tonight’s third round trip to Fulham.

The 32-year-old’s recent form is easing the worry over the absence of the injured Curtis Main, who Dickov says he will not rush back.

He said: “We want to make sure Curtis is absolutely bang on and the form of Nathan and Theo Robinson will help us give him that time.”

Like Main, Rob Jones will miss tonight’s trip to Craven Cottage but Harry Forrester will return from suspension.