Doncaster Rovers: ‘When we play like that, we’re untouchable’, says Nathan Tyson

Nathan Tyson
Nathan Tyson

Doncaster hitman Nathan Tyson is hopeful Rovers’ five-star demolition of Crawley will open the floodgates to many more goal-filled victories this season.

The former Nottingham Forest and Derby County marksman bagged his eighth goal of the season in an emphatic 5-0 drubbing of the Red Devils at the Broadfield Stadium on Tuesday night.

And victory, inspired by Tyson’s starring role up front, has taken Rovers to within three points of breaking into the play-off positions.

“We were all delighted with the win,” reflected Tyson. “Over recent weeks we’ve struggled in front of goals, so to win 5-0, well I think we’re seeing all the rewards for the hard work we’ve put in over the last few weeks.

“We said we’d have to work hard against Crawley, keep the ball and stick to the game plan – and it’s paid off.

“I’ve always said to the lads that we were due a big win with the way we’ve played at times this season.

“Hopefully there’s more performances like this, if we play like that again then why not?

“There was always going to be a game where we’d win five, six or seven nil. It’s the way we play at times.

“When we play like we can, then we’re untouchable. We’re the best in the league at playing the type of flowing football we do.

“But it’s about being consistent and that’s what we’ve been struggling with. We’ve not been consistent in front of goal and there’s been parts of the season where we’ve been inconsistent at the back and we’ve been conceding goals.

“But it’s just fantastic that we’ve managed to get so many goals [against Crawley] and been able to keep a clean sheet.

“We’ve ticked everything we needed too in the box – and it was a good day at the office.”

Rovers dominated from start to finish and Tyson, making only his second start in over two months, spearheaded a constantly fluid threat up top as Paul Dickov’s on-song side tore their hosts to shreds.

And, on another night – if they had taken all their chances – the scoreline could have easily gone close to, or reached double figures.

“Look, they [Crawley] had a man sent off, but we had plenty of chances in the first half against them and then plenty in the second half. It could have finished, six, seven or eight nil,” added 32-year-old Tyson.

“I feel for Crawley really because it’s hard when you’re on a bit of bad run and you’re struggling at the bottom of the table.

“It’s not good, but I think they’ve got the players to really dig in. It’s going to be a bit of tough task for them, but I wish them all the best.

“We always thought caution against them even though they’ve been struggling. I said to the lads the game could have been a banana skin for us.

“You can’t think it’s going to be an easy game just because they’re on a bad run.

“You have to treat your opposition with respect because the teams down the bottom of the division are fighting for their lives and the players are fighting for contracts, just like we are.

“We have to work hard, do the basics right and performance for me is before results. The results will come after that.”