Dickov’s Donny play testimonial too early!
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.”
STAR MAN DEAN FURMA