Dickov praises Doncaster Rovers’ patience after away win

Rovers' Kyle Bennett celebrates the equaliser with James Coppinger
Rovers' Kyle Bennett celebrates the equaliser with James Coppinger

Paul Dickov paid tribute to the patience of his players after they took their time to beat down the door against ten-man Rochdale.

Rovers dominated possession and created numerous golden chances after Dale had former Barnsley midfielder Matty Done sent off for a lunging tackle on James Coppinger.

And they finally got their reward four minutes from time when substitute Theo Robinson headed them in front.

Dickov was pleased with the way his side stuck to their guns and did not panic in the face of so many missed opportunities.

“I’ve got to give the players a lot of credit because when you miss that amount of chances and have so much possession, it becomes so easy to think it’s not going to be your day,” Dickov said.

“But the lads had the bit between their teeth today and even when it was 11v11, some of the football they played was outstanding.

“We created as many chances as I can ever remember us creating in that game.

“But I had a feeling it was going to come for us.

“You can’t pepper a goals as much as that without getting one in eventually.”

Despite ultimately earning a 3-1 win, after seeing his side have 13 shots on goal without success, Dickov admitted his side must be more clinical in future.

He said: “When we create those chances we are going to have to be more clinical.

“We are definitely going to create chances with Richie Wellens, James Coppinger and Kyle Bennett playing the way he is playing at the minute.

“It’s important we do take those chances when we make them.

“We’re not going to get that many attempts on goal in a game like we had today.

“But I am pleased with what we’ve done in the last two away games in the league where we’ve come from behind to win.

“That shows there’s plenty of character in this team and we’re going to need that.”