Doncaster Rovers: ‘Fair result’ admits Dickov, as ex-target Proschwitz makes his point

Barnsley's Nick Proschwitz and Barnsley's Abdoulaye in action at the Keepmoat.
Barnsley's Nick Proschwitz and Barnsley's Abdoulaye in action at the Keepmoat.
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The irony of Nick Proschwitz’s last-gasp equaliser for Barnsley was certainly not lost on Paul Dickov.

But Rovers’ boss was more concerned that his own side were architects of their own downfall after a feisty South Yorkshire derby ended all square.

Dickov made an enquiry about Hull City striker Proschwitz before landing top target Billy Sharp in the January transfer window.

But while suspended Sharp was forced to watch Saturday’s entertaining 2-2 draw from the sidelines - replaced by new loan signing Jordan Bowery - two-goal Proschwitz had the last laugh.

The German opened the scoring and then earned Barnsley a vital share of the spoils with an emphatic 89th minute equaliser after James Coppinger’s double had turned the game on its head.

“We made an enquiry for him - but we made enquiries for about ten different strikers,” said Dickov, on Proschwitz.

“Billy Sharp was the one we wanted. That was it.

“But we knew he [Proschwitz] was going to be a handful.

“The plan was to keep him and Chris O’Grady out of the box and I thought we did that for the majority of the game.

“We’re disappointed to only draw the game,” he added.

“Having gone 2-1 up and looking as though we’re going on to win the game, to switch off from a throw in was really disappointing.

“You’ve got to manage the game better. I thought we dropped too deep and after we went 2-1 up we stopped doing the things that got us back into the game.

“But it’s another point on the board.

“Barnsley will feel they might’ve won it, given the pressure they put on us towards the end. I thought we were the better team from the moment they scored to us going 2-1 up. So I suppose it was a fair result.

“But being 2-1 up with two minutes to go and conceding from a throw in has made me a little bit angry.”

A fiery derby was punctuated by two controversial decisions from referee Andy D’Urso, who denied Rovers a blatant penalty for a foul on James Husband and then incorrectly ruled out Martin Cranie’s header with the visitors leading 1-0.

Both Dickov and Reds boss Danny Wilson were in agreement that the official got both major decisions wrong.

“The fourth official told the referee over his mic that it was a penalty,” said Dickov.

“Saying that, I thought their goal was a goal as well.

“The officials got the big decisions wrong.”

Former Chesterfield striker Bowery, who has joined Rovers on an initial month’s loan from Aston Villa, limped off in the closing stages with cramp but should be fit for Saturday’s trip to Yeovil Town.