Dickov: Theo-nly way is Donny

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Michael Ash­man

THEO ROBIN­SON may have had just one train­ing ses­sion with his Don­caster team­mates but boss Paul Dickov in­sists he had no doubts his new striker would de­liver against Black­burn.

Dickov had the for­mer Derby marks­man watched ex­ten­sively in pre-sea­son – and for the past three years while boss at Old­ham with­out ever con­vinc­ing the 24year-old to make the move – be­fore snap­ping him up on Thurs­day.

But now he’s got his man, and his first Cham­pi­onship win as man­ager of Donny, he’s an­tic­i­pat­ing more goals like the one he headed in just be­fore half-time.

James Hus­band was the cre­ator on that oc­ca­sion and he added a sec­ond af­ter the break to re­lieve some of the pres­sure Dickov claims was build­ing at the Keep­moat.

“Peo­ple start to panic a lit­tle bit the longer you go with­out win­ning so from my point of view, and the play­ers point of view, it was im­por­tant win­ning at home in front of our own fans against a team like Black­burn,” he said.

“For the fans to see a win like that gives them be­lief, and I’ve been talk­ing about be­lief since I came in. The play­ers are now be­gin­ning to be­lieve that as well as be­ing good in­di­vid­u­als they are a good team.

“It’s fan­tas­tic win­ning at home and it’s fan­tas­tic get­ting the three points but the most pleas­ing thing is that we kept a clean sheet. “Peo­ple will talk about the goals we scored and some of our at­tack­ing play at times, but de­fen­sively we were solid and re­ally as­tute in how we dealt with Black­burn.

“Theo’s done well, he only came in Thurs­day and trained with us once but it’s not sur­prised me, Theo is a player I’ve watched prob­a­bly for the last three years and I’ve tried to get him a few times.

“He’s a goalscorer, and he’s got that fan­tas­tic knack of get­ting in the box and fin­ish­ing things off, if you look back through­out his ca­reer not a lot of them come from out­side the penalty spot.

“We’ve had him watched pre­sea­son and he’s scored six goals in pre-sea­son, al­beit not with Derby’s first-team, but he was sharp.”

Black­burn keeper Jake Kean had ear­lier de­nied Chris Brown, David Cot­ter­ill and Robin­son be­fore the new man made it a de­but to re­mem­ber, nod­ding home on 37 min­utes.

Jor­dan Rhodes, usu­ally so re­li­able, wasted a good op­por­tu­nity when he rounded Ross Turn­bull but fired wide.

Chris Tay­lor then headed wide from close range af­ter the in­ter­val and was made to pay when Hus­band’s cross flew in past the stranded Kean on the hour mark.

It leaves Black­burn with­out a win in their open­ing three games but boss Gary Bowyer vowed to turn their form around.

“Peo­ple can see our style of play is good, we just need to go a goal up or get a ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sion, then we will see more con­fi­dence,” he said.

“We played par­tic­u­larly well with the ball in the first half and par­tic­u­larly for long pe­ri­ods in the sec­ond half.

“Their first goal was clearly off­side.We scored a good goal in the first half which wasn't off­side and the sec­ond goal was ei­ther out­stand­ing or a fluke. I think it was a fluke.” To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

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