Doncaster Rovers: Horton backs Macheda and hints at tactical re-think for Derby trip

Federico Macheda
Federico Macheda

Brian Horton has backed Federico Macheda to come good again - and hinted at a return to 4-4-2 at Derby tomorrow.

Macheda has failed to find the net since returning to the side in late November.

In contrast he scored three goals in four starts earlier in the season before injury curtailed his original loan spell.

However, Horton is keen for the onus not to fall on the Manchester United frontman and wants to see goals from all areas of the team.

“It’s not just about one player,” he said.

“You have to look at other things. Are they making chances for him?

“Federico will come good, he’s a good finisher. He’s been excellent. He came from one of the biggest clubs in the world and I’ve seen many people throughout my career come and think ‘this is a bit small for me or whatever’.

“But he hasn’t. He’s embraced the whole situation. He’s got on with the lads and he’s good trainer. Strikers go through those patches.

“But it’s not just him - the bottom line is we haven’t scored enough goals.

“Macheda needs a goal, but so does Browny, so does Theo, so do our midfield players.”

If Rovers were to revert to 4-4-2 at the iPro Stadium that could mean a recall for Mark Duffy, or a wide right role for ex-Ram Theo Robinson.

“We played without wingers against Leeds, we went with the three strikers, and it worked well to a point but we didn’t create enough chances,” said Horton.

“What we need to do is work at getting goals out of nothing, like Ross McCormack did last weekend.

“But it’s not just about the strikers or midfielders. Can a centre half get you a goal from a set piece? Lots of different things win you games.”