Doncaster Rovers: Boss praises adaptable Rovers

Kyle Bennett celebrates.
Kyle Bennett celebrates.
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Doncaster Rovers are in good shape, according to Paul Dickov.

The Scot saw his side notch their third straight away win at Colchester United on Saturday, thanks to Kyle Bennett’s second half strike.

Doncaster’s performance in the 1-0 win was in a similar vein to the promising display against Preston last week - a game that saw Rovers switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation.

And Dickov praised the adaptability of his players after seeing his side continue their one hundred per cent record on the road.

“There’s a good shape about us at the moment,” said Dickov.

“Whatever the secret is [to this away form], I’m quite liking it at the minute! But, seriously, it’s being solid. That’s the key. Giving ourselves a good base to work from and being hard to break down.

“I said at the start of the season I believe that, going forward, we’ve got players that can hurt teams.

“And especially away from home, when the onus is on the home team to come out at us, that leaves gaps for the likes of James Coppinger and Kyle Bennett to pick up little holes coming in off the line.

“Nathan [Tyson] or Theo [Robinson], whoever is up top, can stretch them in behind too. It [the 4-2-3-1 formation] has worked well for us.”

Like they were against Preston, Doncaster were composed and confident on the ball at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Dickov was, however, concerned at the chances that went begging to put the game beyond United, following Bennett’s neat finish.

He said: “It was a very professional performance.

“I’m a little disappointed we didn’t put the game to bed. We had some great chances to score more goals and we have to be a bit more ruthless in that situation. But, overall, I thought our performance was fantastic.

“The goal was great feet and a great finish from Kyle,” he added. “To come away again and get another clean sheet is very pleasing.”

Rob Jones could come into contention for tomorrow night’s trip to Watford in the Capital One Cup after the skipper was not risked at the weekend.

“Rob was still stiff on Friday so we decided the best thing to do, given how long he’s been out, was to give him a rest for the weekend,” said Dickov.

“We’ll see how he is for Tuesday night. He’ll definitely be okay to train this week at some point.”