Dickov’s Donny play tes­ti­mo­nial too early!

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

DON­CASTER boss Paul Dickov says he had to re­mind his play­ers they were not in ex­hi­bi­tion mode af­ter this for­get­table stale­mate.

Some of his squad are sched­uled to fea­ture in a tes­ti­mo­nial for Rovers vet­eran James Cop­pinger to­day.

How­ever, the Keep­moat chief had to have stern words half­way through this draw – a re­sult that ended both sides’ hopes of the play-offs.

“We cre­ated the bet­ter chances and we had a lit­tle flurry to­wards the end,” said Dickov.

“On an­other day, Nathan Tyson could pos­si­bly have had a hat­trick.

“I had to re­mind the play­ers at half-time that Copps’ tes­ti­mo­nial was to­mor­row.

“Ev­ery time they go out there, they have a duty to give it a right good go.

“The con­di­tions weren’t great. The wind was swirling and the pitch was a lit­tle bit bob­bly.

“I was pleased with the clean sheet and I thought young Mitchell Lund, on his full league de­but, was out­stand­ing.

“We said we wanted to go the last six games un­beaten and we’re half­way there now.”

Given that both sides still had hopes, al­beit faint, of qual­i­fy­ing for the top six, you would have ex­pected them to serve up a bet­ter con­test.

What was ac­tu­ally played out will not live long in the mem­ory.

Chances were cer­tainly at a pre­mium in the first half, with Fleet­wood’s Jor­dan Ball bring­ing a straight­for­ward save out of Stephen By­wa­ter, be­fore Tyson man­aged to get a shot out from his feet that tested goal­keeper Chris Maxwell.

Josh Mor­ris drifted a shot just over from 30 yards in an­other rare foray for Fleet­wood.

Things didn’t get much bet­ter af­ter the break, with Tyson spurn­ing an­other chance when he planted a free header over the bar.

Rovers al­most pinched the points when sub­sti­tute Harry For­rester saw a dip­ping vol­ley kept out by Maxwell late on.

Cod Army boss Gra­ham Alexander was happy with a point for his side but said they could have done with more of the same ear­lier in the cam­paign. “We’re pleased to take some­thing from the game and get a clean sheet,” said Alexander.

“There was a lot of mid­field play from both teams.

“We would have liked to threaten their goal a bit more, es­pe­cially through­out the sec­ond half.

“If we’d had a few more re­sults like this, then we'd be in a lot stronger po­si­tion.

“This kind of re­sult is one we need to add to our game.

“We’ve won eight on the road this sea­son so we just needed to draw a few more and we could have been bet­ter off.”


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