Patience paid off, according to boss Paul Dickov, as Doncaster Rovers returned to the top six with victory over Colchester United.
Enda Stevens’ first goal for Rovers and Nathan Tyson’s 83rd minute penalty saw Dickov’s men return to winning ways following back-to-back defeats to Port Vale and Bristol City.
Doncaster were grateful to see Chris Porter blaze an early penalty wide for the U’s with the game still goalless but it was Rovers’ patience in possession which Dickov later picked out as key to the 2-0 win.
Dickov said: “I was pleased with the lads because they were patient in their build-up.
“Colchester are difficult to play against, they’re very disciplined without the ball. They get back into two banks of four and their two forwards drop into their own half.
“So patience was key for us. It’s quite hard to be patient at home sometimes because, myself included, the fans, everybody wants you to get the ball up there and go and attack,” he added.
“I think we had something like 62 per cent of possession and 24 shots on goal.
“It’s okay having the possession but you’ve got to have attempts on goal within that as well. We had both sides.
“If there’s one criticism we should have scored more because we created some really good chances.”
Victory for Rovers saw them leapfrog Bradford City back into sixth spot ahead of tomorrow’s difficult trip to third-placed Preston North End.
“Two defeats in a week is never nice and it was imperative we won the game,” said Dickov.
“I thought we deserved it.
“It was a really good professional performance.
“We wanted to get back on track not just in terms of results but also by keeping a clean sheet.
“That was important because we’ve conceded sloppy goals recently.”
James Coppinger, who took a full part in the squad’s warm down session after the game against Colchester, could return to the fold against Preston after a month on the sidelines with an ankle problem.