Paul Dickov hailed Mitchell Lund’s League debut and said that the youngster should have been a contender for man of the match in the 0-0 draw with Fleetwood Town.Lund replaced ever present full back Reece Wabara and showed a composure and solidity that belied his tender years, according to Dickov.
“I was pleased with the clean sheet and I was pleased for Mitchell Lund who was outstanding on his debut – it was one of the best I’ve seen,” he said.
“Mitchell’s a rarity in that first and foremost he wants to defend and their wide men struggled to get past him, I thought he was really disciplined in what he did and was a contender for man of the match.
“It means back to back clean sheets and I set the gauntlet down to the players to go from the Rochdale game until the end of season without defeat and we're on course to do that.”
Rovers were the occasional aggressors during a game bereft of goalmouth action.
“Our goalkeeper’s not had a save to make all game though and while we’ve worked theirs a little bit, it was nowhere near as much as we would have liked,” Dickov admitted.
“Both teams were a bit flat while the wind was blowing and the pitch was bobbly and I wanted a lift in the second half.”
Curtis Main was substituted at half time in favour of Jonson Clarke-Harris in a “tactical change” and Dickov says that with the play-off race now over, Rovers can looking at making alterations in the final few games of the campaign.
“I thought Curtis looked jaded and so it was a tactical change. He worked his socks off on Tuesday night and perhaps it showed. Jonson came on and freshened it up,” he said.
“Maybe we can shake things up and freshen it as we go in to the last three games of the season.”