Doncaster Rovers: Paul Dickov backs his strikers

Curtis Main, along with Theo Robinson and Nathan Tyson, has been tipped to hit double figures this term
Curtis Main, along with Theo Robinson and Nathan Tyson, has been tipped to hit double figures this term

Paul Dickov says he does not care whether his strikers are scoring, as long as Rovers are picking up points.

But the Rovers boss has also backed all three of his senior forwards to hit double figures this term.

Current first choice striker Theo Robinson has found the net four times so far this season while Curtis Main has scored six

Nathan Tyson – who has played just two minutes of football since the end of November – also has six goals to his name this term.

Between them, the trio have contributed 43 per cent of Rovers’ goals this season.

But Dickov says he is not concerned where the goals are coming from, as long as Rovers continue their climb up League One.

“If you asked me whether I’d like all my strikers on 15 or 20 goals, or if I’d want a run of seven points out of nine like we’ve just been on, I’d take the points every day,” Dickov said.

“The job the strikers have been doing for us lately has been fantastic.

“They’ve been put themselves out there for the team.

“As a striker, you want to score in every game.

“But if you’ve got a system that is working for the team and you’re picking up results, it doesn’t matter who scores.”

Dickov admitted it would be ideal if Rovers’ strikers were finding the net regularly.

But he used the example of Robinson to show why his contribution to the team recently has been just as vital despite scoring just once in his last seven appearances.

The Jamaica international seems almost certain to retain his place for this afternoon’s visit to Oldham.

Dickov said: “You can’t be too concerned if they are doing the job they are supposed to be doing.

“I single out Theo. His workrate and desire to do a job for the team has been outstanding recently.

“The players appreciate it.

“He’s been setting us off with his pressing, his closing down of people and his holding up of the ball.

“He’s creating opportunities for everyone else.”

Dickov reiterated his belief that Robinson, Main and Tyson will all reach double figures by the end of the season.

He said: “Everybody wants to get one or two goalscorers reaching double figures.

“I’m still confident that the three strikers we’ve got will do that.

“But as long as we’re picking up points and playing the way we are at the minute, then I’m happy.”

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