Bucky’s Blog: Judge this team in November - not August

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

At this early stage it’s a case of small margins, but I think Paul Dickov knows we really need a win on Saturday.

It would do the team a world of good at this point to go out and win comfortably by two or three goals.

If we play like we did against Ipswich you’d have to believe we should be winning more games than not in League One. Obviously we can’t afford a repeat of last Saturday’s performance at Port Vale.

Dickov needs a decent run at this.

I understand fans voicing their opinion, and so they should be able to. They’re within their rights if they pay the money, they can express their views.

But late October and November is when you have a good look at how a team has started, not late August.

You look at how it’s gone so far and we could so easily have been better placed.

But I don’t think a point will do now on Saturday. These draws will have to be turned into wins.

It’d be wrong not to take positives from Tuesday’s game. We’re not playing a team of Ipswich’s quality at the weekend.

The equaliser to take the game to extra time that we conceded was scrappy, that’s the disappointing thing. It was a case of David McGoldrick’s quality that showed after that, but conceding seven goals in two games with Thorsten Stuckmann your best performer is worrying.

I don’t think Rob Jones going off against Ipswich helped at all in terms of the flow of the game.

And with Jones, Luke McCullough, Paul Keegan, Nathan Tyson, Harry Forrester and Dany N’Guessan all injured, squad size is a big concern.

I feel we might have to dip into the market.

I really like Andy Williams, I think he’s some player. His movement is excellent. He and Curtis Main put in a good shift. They got tired towards the end though and I think you have to remember the quality of the opposition.

Speaking to Dickov after the game he said he was pleased with the game in parts. Similarly to the journalists, he agreed that McGoldrick then took charge. I think the end scoreline was slightly cruel.

Mick McCarthy is one of the most honest managers in the game and he said he felt his side deserved to progress in the end, even though Rovers were on top in parts. He acknowledged that Rovers were a decent side.

But it goes down as a loss when it’s all said and done. Now Rovers could really do with three points against Fleetwood.