Rovers in need of an Enda prod­uct

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Ricky Charlesworth

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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