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Dodoo delighted to get back on scoresheet against Burton Albion

24 April 2022

Joe Dodoo revealed he had spoken with Kyle Knoyle about the exact scenario of his goal just a few minutes before he put Rovers ahead against Burton Albion.

The striker headed home at the far post from a Knoyle cross to send Rovers on their way to a 2-0 win over the Brewers which saw them end their home campaign on a winning note.

Dodoo on how the game panned out:

“It was a good game. We weathered the storm in the first 20 to 25 minutes, they were very direct and obviously Mitch [Jonathan Mitchell] made that penalty save and it woke the team up a bit to get going.

“I thought we defended well. We dealt with their direct play and I was happy that we went in at half time 1-0 up.

“We needed something to get us going.”

On his goal:

“We always talk about it, through the season - when Kyle [Knoyle] is down the line and he’s got room, he needs to stand it up at the back post.

“We spoke about it just before it happened as well.

“So I knew what he was going to do, which helped.”

On the season as a whole:

“There’s obviously a lot of frustration because we’ve massively underachieved as a squad.

“For me, it’s something I’m not happy about both personally and for the team as well.

“I think it’s tough for us to go down like this but it also shows the character of the lads to keep fighting no matter what’s happening.

“It’s been tough. We couldn’t get the consistency we needed to stay up.

“We’d win one, then lose two or three.

“We could have managed games better, and maybe played for more draws.

“But I think when you lose so many games and you concede so many goals, you don’t give yourself a chance. I felt like we gave ourselves mountains to climb in most games.”

On his goals return:

“It’s not what I would want. It’d have been good to get to ten or 12 in the league.

“Goals have been hard to come by. If you look through the goals we’ve scored, there’s not been many.

“It’s been tough to get chances and a really tough season in general.

“As a centre forward it’s been really tough to get shots in games.

“We know what the problem is now and unfortunately it’s come a bit late for us figuring it out.

“It’s been hard to create chances and it’s something we’ll look to address. We should have been aware of the issues earlier.”

On the mood in the dressing room:

“The senior lads have been very helpful in trying to push us through and maintain standards.

“I think in some changing rooms, lads would give up, but the lads have been attentive and working hard, not letting it affect them too much.

“We need to show to the fans that we’re not giving up because they pay a lot of money every week. We can;’t come out and not give effort.

“The lads have shown a good attitude through the week to make sure when they come out at the weekend they can repay the fans.

“The fans are right to be annoyed because Doncaster is not a team that should be going down to League Two.

“The lads have done their best and everyone has gained a lot of experience from this and I’m sure we’ll bounce back.”

On his own season:

“I feel that I gave 100 per cent in every game I played, no matter which personnel I played with.

“I played with different personnel almost every week and it’s been tough.

“The manager wants to try something different and rightly so if we’re not creating chances and scoring goals.

“I’ve done the best I could. In the circumstances I just did what I could.”

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