Rovers in need of an Enda product
DONCASTER Rovers boss Paul Dickov believes his side can be even more ruthless in front of goal after this routine win over struggling Colchester.
Dickov’s men moved back into the play-offs thanks to goals in either half from Enda Stevens and Nathan Tyson.
Tyson’s strike was from the penalty spot and came after United had missed their own spotkick early on in the contest.
“Patience was going to be key but I thought we could have scored more,” said Dickov, whose side moved three points clear of Bradford City.
“We had 62 per cent possession and 24 shots on goal – it’s ok having possession but the only criticism I can have is that we didn’t score more, because we created some really good chances.
“Our ball retention was fantastic and it was important we got the win, especially being at home.
“We were patient in our build-up as they are difficult to play against and they’re very disciplined without the ball.”
Colchester were handed a golden opportunity to open the scoring on 11 minutes when Reece Wabara was penalised for a cynical foul in the box.
Chris Porter should have punished Rovers but instead blazed his spotkick well wide.
That miss proved costly for Colchester as the hosts went on to open the scoring just before the break. Full-back Stevens galloped into the area before rifling home through a sea of bodies.
The second half saw Rovers pepper the Colchester goal as they looked to double their advantage.
Their best chance came midway through the second period, however Curtis Main hit a tame shot after a quick counterattack by Tyson down the left.
Rovers were awarded a rather soft spot-kick near the end, after Alex Wynter was adjudged to have brought down South Africa skipper Dean Furman.
Tyson then stepped up and did what Porter couldn’t do as he slammed home the ball to seal the three points.
U’s boss Tony Humes saw his side slip back into the bottom four and says the early penalty miss cost his side dearly.
“The difference was they took their first chance and we didn’t take ours,” said Humes.
“If we scored the penalty it’s a totally different game and we’ve said that so many times this season.
“It was a disciplined performance rather than a spectacular performance from us. Had we been on the front foot there were chances there to be taken.
“Both goals came from balls that bounced and we’ve got punished for them.”
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