Paul Dickov column: It’s not rocket science - hard work gets results

Curtis Main
Curtis Main

Football is not rocket science. If you work hard, you’ll get results.

And when we work hard and put our bodies on the line, we’re a good team.

The effort and desire from the players last weekend against MK Dons was excellent.

It was an example of what we’re capable of - and I said to the lads after the game that has to be a starting point for us.

The lads all know that when they put their bodies on the line for the cause and they show the desire to do the right things, the fans here will back them all the way.

I think we can be better with the ball.

But it was a better all-round team performance - recently we’ve had too many indiviuals playing - and we’ve got to take that into tomorrow’s game at Bradford.

Having Curtis Main back is a massive thing for us.

We’ve wanted to go back to 4-4-2 for a while, which is how we started the season, and having him available again lets us do that.

It was disappointing losing Curtis when we did because he started the season looking like a top, top player, which we know he is.

All three of our strikers - Nathan Tyson, Theo Robinson, as well as Curtis - have a big part to play this season.

I thought Theo was excellent when he came on last weekend, working hard and running the channels for us. His attitude has been first class.

He’s disappointed not to be in the team - I know that because he comes and tells me all the time - but he came on and worked hard.

Like I say, the work ethic was good last weekend. We need to show the same commitment at Valley Parade.

The FA Cup has thrown up a trip to Weston-Super-Mare and it’ll be a tough game for us. Their manager has already come out and spoken about giantkilling so we know we’re going to have to be at it.

Everybody looks for shocks every round and I’m sure they’ll be looking at our game expecting that to be one.

We’ve got to go down there and be professional and make sure we get in the next round.

As a group we’ve talked about it quite a bit that we want to have a good cup run this season. We’re still in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and we had a little sniff in the Capital One Cup, but we want to do well in the FA Cup too. It’s a very special competition.