Doncaster Rovers: Paul Dickov’s FA Cup verdict - good but can do better

James Coppinger gives the thumbs up after putting Rovers three up at Weston-Super-Mare
James Coppinger gives the thumbs up after putting Rovers three up at Weston-Super-Mare

Paul Dickov admitted he was more than a little disappointed to see his side ease off against Weston-Super-Mare last night.

Rovers eased to a 4-1 win against the Conference South strugglers to book their place in the second round of the FA Cup.

While delighted with passage to the next stage and a first half which brought dominance and three goals for his side, Dickov bemoaned a lack of ruthlessness after the break.

“We took our foot off the gas in the second half which disappointed me,” Dickov said. “I thought we got a bit sloppy in the second half but you’ve got to give Weston credit. They were a right threat from set-pieces tonight.

“The main thing in the FA Cup is getting into the next round. I was pleased we scored a few goals for the fans who came down because they were fantastic.”

As a gesture to the travelling support – many of whom had endured a wasted trip when the original staging was postponed at the 11th hour ten days ago – Dickov sent his players to give their shirts to the fans.

The Rovers boss named a strong side for clash with the minnows and admitted he wanted to show respect to their hosts.

He said: “It’s about respecting Weston-Super-Mare and respecting the FA Cup as well.

“This is a competition we want to do well in.

“We didn’t want to come down and be complacent and the team I picked reflected that.

“Physically the boys looked great tonight and we’ve got lads that are getting stronger all the time.”

Rovers booked their place in the second round where they will travel to Dickov’s former club Oldham Athletic.

Though reluctant to discuss his ex-employers beforehand, he did admit he was looking forward to a return to Boundary Park.

He said: “Ironically my last game at Oldham was an FA Cup game against Liverpool. It’ll be good to go back.”