Doncaster Rovers: ‘Fox in the box’ Billy Sharp is just what we needed - Dickov

Billly Sharp on his return for Rovers at Blackpool
Billly Sharp on his return for Rovers at Blackpool
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There may have been a few arguments over who actually got the final touch on Rovers’ equaliser at Blackpool but Paul Dickov was delighted to see Billy Sharp ‘stealing’ the goal from David Cotterill.

Dickov insisted Sharp’s poaching abilities were the main reason he was brought back to the club and the Rovers boss was overjoyed to see him make an immediate impact as he was credited with turning home Cotterill’s free kick five minutes from time.

“Billy is saying he did and I’ve got no reason to not believe him,” Dickov said.

“We’ve watched it back and it looks like he’s nicked it which is exactly why we’ve brought him in.

“We came up this way a couple of weeks back and lost 1-0 to Blackburn probably playing better than what we did at Blackpool, creating chances that we didn’t put away.

“We all know that Billy is a fox-in-the-box striker, someone who poaches chances in the box and that is exactly why we brought him here so I’m delighted.”

It may not have been a reproduction of the terrific performance from the win over Wigan a week earlier but Dickov was happy with Rovers’ showing at Bloomfield Road.

He was particularly delighted with the desire and drive shown by his side, especially in recovering from going behind late on to secure a point.

And he is delighted to see the pieces of puzzle start to fit together so well.

“When we draw a game I’m usually disappointed that we’ve not won it but it wasn’t so much the case this time around,” Dickov said.

“We won last week playing some excellent football but we had to show a great deal of desire on Saturday to first stay in the game and then get back into it.

“We were playing our best stuff when we conceded so it took a lot for the lads not to get disheartened by it.

“Billy Sharp is still getting his match sharpness, Gabby Tamas played in only his second game in months and, Abdou Meite in his third.

“And Husband, Keegan, Coppinger and Khumalo are all just a few games inafter long term injuries. Things are starting to come together.”

Dickov confirmed Harry Forrester was absent from the trip to Blackpool with an ankle injury and rated the midfielder as 50-50 to make the match with Charlton tomorrow night.