Doncaster Rovers: Cotts cracks in great goal

David Cotterill celebrates
David Cotterill celebrates
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It may have stunned St Andrews into silence, but Paul Dickov isn’t surprised one bit about David Cotterill’s thunderbolt strike at Birmingham City.

The Welshman came on in the second half and announced his arrival in style as he unleashed a stunning effort, giving Darren Randolph no chance with little over 10 minutes to spare as Rovers clinched a point in the Midlands after cancelling out Lee Novak’s sublime first half goal.

“It was a fantastic strike,” said Scotsman Dickov.

“We all know David [Cotterill] has that in his locker.

“I am delighted for him.”

He went on: “We put him on to make an impact because we wanted to try and get something out of the game.”

Rovers had arguably shaded proceedings in the second half but failed in their final ball despite the best efforts from Federico Macheda and a first half drilled shot from Mark Duffy. At the other end, City were certainly deserving of their opener and Rovers were guilty of being caught napping, as Novak pounced at the back post to fire in before the half hour mark.

The point sees Rovers climb into 15th position ahead of their Tuesday night rivals. “Every point in this division is a result. There are shock results every week,” Dickov added.

Skipper Richie Wellens had to be withdrawn at half- time after the midfielder felt his back muscles tighten.

With Doncaster’s huge injury list, the former Oldham Athletic manager was quick to calm fears as he told The Star that Wellens’ omission was purely precautionary.