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Dickov post-Barnsley

3 December 2014

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Manager hails striker but laments sloppiness which prevented maximum points.

Paul Dickov paid homage to goalscoring hero Theo Robinson, whose goal salvaged a point against local rivals Barnsley, although the Doncaster Rovers manager believes it could and should have been three points at Oakwell.

“I must thank Theo for being patient and taking his chance. He could have panicked but he didn’t, he threatened in behind and helped his teammates out a lot. It’s difficult when the other strikers have been doing well and there is a tendency to try too hard but he did well,” said the Scot.

“His age is in his favour and his goal record per starts is quite good, so no matter how we’re playing, we know there’s a goal in him.

“Overall, it’s another point away from home and its another one where we’ve come from behind but we feel as though it should have been three so we’re a little disappointed, because I thought the performance was worthy of a win. It was just our luck though that Ross Turnbull makes several great saves which kept them in it and it keeps a little run going for us of just one defeat in seven.”

Robinson’s goal came as Rovers once again conceded the first goal of the game and the bugbear of Dickov, came back to bite the dressing room which he said received a “rocket”.

“I had a bit of a go at them after the game, I thought we got sloppy and people wanted too many touches and we’re letting the ball bounce and trying to complicate things,” he said.

“We need to get the basics right because that’s when we’re at our best. The best teams and players do the basics right, we think we’re a good team when we do that but drag ourselves down when we try to complicate things.

“We’ve looked more resilient lately and that gives us the catalyst to try and kick on from the front.”

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