Doncaster Rovers: Brave? It was the right call says Dickov

Theo Robinson
Theo Robinson

Paul Dickov shrugged off suggestions his decision to make a substitution after just 23 minutes at Reading was ‘brave.’

With Rovers very much second best over the first quarter of the game, Dickov withdrew Dean Furman and sent on Theo Robinson as second striker, changing the system.

And the move paid off with Rovers threatening and Robinson equalising, though Rovers were eventually beaten 4-1 at the Madejski Stadium.

“I wasn’t thinking of how brave it was to make a change,” Dickov said.

“We made a positive substitution to try and change the game.

“Reading were putting a lot of pressure on us and we just didn’t have that out ball, the pace that would allow us to get us up the pitch and create chances of our own.

“We played some good football after the change and it was just disappointing that we conceded a poor goal from a defensive point of view before half time.

“I’ll take blame for the system not working.

“We worked on it all week in training, it worked against Nottingham Forest but it just wasn’t right.

“Theo has to take a lot of credit for coming on and changing things.

“We’d worked on things without him all week because he was away with Jamaica and we didn’t get him back until Friday.

“He was a threat. We have to use his pace because it’s a massive asset for us.

“It was great to see him get the goal because he’s worked ever so hard for us and not really got the goals to show for it.”

Dickov was quick to praise the attitude of Furman, who took his early withdrawal with good grace.

He said: “I’ve said plenty of times this season that there is a phenomenal attitude in this group and the way Dean responded to coming off was testament to that.

“Making changes is not always about the individual.

“It wasn’t a personal thing, it was something that we wanted to do for the best of the group.

“Dean took it really well, as Theo had done not being in the starting line-up.

“I’d be confident throughout the group that I’d get a similar reaction from the players.”