DICKOV SLAMS ‘STUPID’ SIDE
PAUL Dickov accused his Doncaster team of self-destructing at Ashton Gate with some “schoolboy defending” and a sending-off that was “stupid and unprofessional”.
A dreadful first-half error by left-back Cedric Evina gifted City their second goal and they went on to romp to the top of League One with an impressive display.
The hosts were also helped by a reckless second yellow card for Rovers midfielder Harry Forrester early in the second half for kicking the ball away at the award of a free-kick against his side.
Forrester had already been cautioned on nine minutes for diving inside the penalty, although Dickov was adamant referee Michael Bull got that decision wrong.
He said:“The first booking was a stonewall penalty and a big decision that went against us. But that wasn’t why we lost the game. We never gave ourselves a chance against a good side.
“It was a stupid, stupid second booking. Harry has apologised to the other lads in the dressing room, but it was an unprofessional thing to do.
City took a 13th-minute lead when Aden Flint’s header from a free-kick caused havoc on the edge of Doncaster’s six-yard box. Kieran Agard was crowded out, but Aaron Wilbraham followed up to force the ball home from close range.
The second goal on the half hour was a disaster for Evina, who dwelt on the ball for what seemed an age on his own goal-line, allowing Mark Little to slide in and score.
“Cedric knows you just have to put your foot through the ball in that situation,” added Dickov. “It was a comical goal to concede.
“I was very unhappy with the first one too. We knew what City were going to do with the free kick because we had worked on it all week.
“People didn’t do their jobs and I expect better than that.”
Agard wrapped up the points with a deflected shot on 82 minutes after being set up by the impressive Joe Bryan, who was a constant menace to the home side down the left flank.
It was the striker’s first goal since joining City from Rotherham United as replacement for last season’s top scorer Sam Baldock.
And City boss Steve Cotterill said: “It’s great for everyone associated with the club to be top of the table and everyone has contributed.
“You are never more than 90 minutes away from a kick in the teeth in this game, but I couldn’t be happier with the start the lads have made.
“We are a tight-knit group and the players are prepared to work hard for one another. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for them and I believe the same applies in reverse.
“It was good for Kieran Agard to get his first goal for us and you could see the pressure lift off his shoulders. “I wanted both of my strikers to get on the scoresheet and they obliged.”
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