Gaffer thanks fans and gives them something to remember.Paul Dickov said that Rovers’ 4-1 victory over non-league Weston Super Mare was “for the fans”.
The rearranged FA Cup round 1 tie, finally took place after a ten day delay and the travelling fans were rewarded by not only a smooth performance by their side, but the respective shirts of the Rovers playing squad.
“I told Copps to tell the players to give the fans their shirts because it’s only right we give them something back,” Dickov said.
“We took our foot off the gas which disappointed me, but the aim of any cup tie is to get through which we’ve done and score a few goals, particularly for the fans who’ve made the journey down again because they’ve been fantastic.”
The win – thanks to goals from Curtis Main (2), James Coppinger and Richie Wellens – will see Dickov return to his former employees Oldham Athletic in round two, a club with whom he once knocked Liverpool out of the competition.
“We respected Weston and the FA Cup; it’s a competition we want to do well in. We didn’t want to come down here and be complacent and in the first half it could have been five or six but I was delighted with the players,” added Dickov.
“I thought we got sloppy a little bit in the second half but you’ve got to give Weston credit because their set pieces caused us a couple of problems but if it had been more then no one could have argued.
“I thought physically the boys looked great tonight, Curtis has another game and two goals to go with it under his belt and he’s nowhere near yet, Richie ran the show tonight and I had to wipe my eyes when he’s making forward runs in the 93rd minute!”