Paul Dickov delighted with Doncaster Rovers' performance in Capital One Cup win at Watford

Paul Dickov congratulates match-winner Liam Wakefield after the final whistle. Picture: Action Images

Paul Dickov congratulates match-winner Liam Wakefield after the final whistle. Picture: Action Images

First published in Sport by , Group Sports Editor

Paul Dickov praised his “outstanding” Doncaster Rovers side after they ended Watford’s Capital One Cup hopes with a 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road last night.

A Nathan Tyson penalty, awarded after Gabriel Tamas tripped Kyle Bennett, set the visitors on their way, but the Hornets were back on terms shortly after the half-hour when Lloyd Dyer fired home following a neat flick from Odion Ighalo.

The home side though, started the second half poorly – as they had done in the first – and they paid the price again six minutes after the restart when Liam Wakefield converted after a fine build-up had resulted in Dean Furman playing in a low centre from the right side of the 18-yard box.

The Rovers manager said: “I thought we were outstanding. We’ve come to a very good team who are flying high at the minute and really took the game to them. I’ve just looked at some of the stats. I think they had one shot on target so defensively that shows you how good we were, especially with a really young back four. And I thought going forward, some of the breaks, we kept the ball, we moved the ball at pace and I’m delighted for the boys.”

He continued: “We knew it was going to be difficult. They play expansive football but credit to all the players. They’ve changed the system three or four times to try to one, break us down and two, try and cope with us on the back and to a man I thought they were all outstanding.”

Asked about his side’s strong display at the back, Dickov responded: “The first 20, 25 minutes I thought we were outstanding and then because we were on top we tried to get a little bit clever and started to complicate things. So we told them at half-time to keep it simple, do the basics right, do what we keep asking them to do in training which is keep the ball, move it quickly and in the second half we did that excellently.”

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8:11am Wed 27 Aug 14

mkhornet says...

Let's give credit to Doncaster they played some good attacking football with passion and commitment. Yes, we were awful and none of that team should be surprised if they don't get selected on Saturday but Docaster could only deal with what was put in front of them and they did that with skill and professionalism. Lets hope our "A" team can get us back on track on Saturday.
Let's give credit to Doncaster they played some good attacking football with passion and commitment. Yes, we were awful and none of that team should be surprised if they don't get selected on Saturday but Docaster could only deal with what was put in front of them and they did that with skill and professionalism. Lets hope our "A" team can get us back on track on Saturday. mkhornet
  • Score: 33

8:34am Wed 27 Aug 14

buckler says...

Probably take Dickov over Sannino !
Probably take Dickov over Sannino ! buckler
  • Score: -2

8:52am Wed 27 Aug 14

ianlhutch says...

I have an uneasy feeling regards our coach/Manager, with the players we have we should walk the League, but as I say I have an uneasy feeling. What we need is a English Coach/Manager that can get us on the right track.
I have an uneasy feeling regards our coach/Manager, with the players we have we should walk the League, but as I say I have an uneasy feeling. What we need is a English Coach/Manager that can get us on the right track. ianlhutch
  • Score: 6

9:17am Wed 27 Aug 14

JonBoy says...

well done doncaster. played with the correct attitude
well done doncaster. played with the correct attitude JonBoy
  • Score: 26

9:20am Wed 27 Aug 14

JonBoy says...

I wouldn't throw 9 players together and hope they play like a team. They looked lost, like a bunch of strangers. If “We will forget this match. This mentality is needed.” is how Saninno saw this game then frankly I'm worried, can you image Graham Taylor saying that after such a performance?
I wouldn't throw 9 players together and hope they play like a team. They looked lost, like a bunch of strangers. If “We will forget this match. This mentality is needed.” is how Saninno saw this game then frankly I'm worried, can you image Graham Taylor saying that after such a performance? JonBoy
  • Score: 10

9:29am Wed 27 Aug 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

Deer Paul dickov

All u beat was Watford fc (second 11).

Wow...
Deer Paul dickov All u beat was Watford fc (second 11). Wow... SJM...laugh at luton
  • Score: -41

9:29am Wed 27 Aug 14

LutonHornet says...

Fair play to Doncaster. They deserved it. But with the size of our squad we need to stay in cup competitions as far as possible to give all the players a run out. This will not help the rumoured dressing room unrest. After he went straight to the dressing room, I'm guessing that McGugan may be history now, sadly.
Fair play to Doncaster. They deserved it. But with the size of our squad we need to stay in cup competitions as far as possible to give all the players a run out. This will not help the rumoured dressing room unrest. After he went straight to the dressing room, I'm guessing that McGugan may be history now, sadly. LutonHornet
  • Score: 11

9:41am Wed 27 Aug 14

perry1990 says...

Doncaster played well and I think they deserve some credit .

It was a typical League Cup game last night (dull , poor attendance, poor atmosphere) and I think people need to chill out a bit and understand this is not our priority this season !! yes its nice to see a good performance and a convincing win week in week out but that is never going to happen, we need to be realistic.

Its not the end of the world, but if we play like that on Saturday then we have a problem. But at the moment we haven't. We had a weakened side who do not play together competitively , this happens in the League Cup every season so I don't have a clue why people are so shocked!!!!!
Doncaster played well and I think they deserve some credit . It was a typical League Cup game last night (dull , poor attendance, poor atmosphere) and I think people need to chill out a bit and understand this is not our priority this season !! yes its nice to see a good performance and a convincing win week in week out but that is never going to happen, we need to be realistic. Its not the end of the world, but if we play like that on Saturday then we have a problem. But at the moment we haven't. We had a weakened side who do not play together competitively , this happens in the League Cup every season so I don't have a clue why people are so shocked!!!!! perry1990
  • Score: 9

9:42am Wed 27 Aug 14

bristol hornet says...

buckler wrote:
Probably take Dickov over Sannino !
It is not often I agree with you Buckler, but I do on this one!

I have tried to be patient with Beppe. But he seems to have lost the dressing room, there is player unrest, our supposedly great back-up members did not want to play for him last night, and the whole thing is becoming a shambles.

We were lucky to win at Rotherham, and both score-lines were very flattering against two poor teams in Bolton and Leeds.

I can see him saying in a few months time (if he remains that long) that just like Zola "I cannot inspire this team anymore"!

Taxi for Beppe and PDQ!!
[quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Probably take Dickov over Sannino ![/p][/quote]It is not often I agree with you Buckler, but I do on this one! I have tried to be patient with Beppe. But he seems to have lost the dressing room, there is player unrest, our supposedly great back-up members did not want to play for him last night, and the whole thing is becoming a shambles. We were lucky to win at Rotherham, and both score-lines were very flattering against two poor teams in Bolton and Leeds. I can see him saying in a few months time (if he remains that long) that just like Zola "I cannot inspire this team anymore"! Taxi for Beppe and PDQ!! bristol hornet
  • Score: 3

10:28am Wed 27 Aug 14

rousman 2 says...

Doncaster took the game to us & had a go fair play to them. The Watford performance was unacceptable to say the very least.
Doncaster took the game to us & had a go fair play to them. The Watford performance was unacceptable to say the very least. rousman 2
  • Score: 14

11:05am Wed 27 Aug 14

northofwatfordpete says...

Looked on paper to be a strong Watford team - certainly strong enough to give Donny a game. I am more worried with the lack of passion and performance than the scoreline.
Looked on paper to be a strong Watford team - certainly strong enough to give Donny a game. I am more worried with the lack of passion and performance than the scoreline. northofwatfordpete
  • Score: 12

12:30pm Wed 27 Aug 14

apatters says...

Donny wanted it more. What worried me was the seeming tactical ineptitude. Dyer and Anya tripping over each other, Vydra making good runs off the shoulder of the last defender but no one looking for him. These were the boys staking a claim for inclusion on Saturday, apart from the imperious Hoban no one did!
Donny wanted it more. What worried me was the seeming tactical ineptitude. Dyer and Anya tripping over each other, Vydra making good runs off the shoulder of the last defender but no one looking for him. These were the boys staking a claim for inclusion on Saturday, apart from the imperious Hoban no one did! apatters
  • Score: 7

12:49pm Wed 27 Aug 14

endean2 says...

totally agree with the above comments,we were worse than a shambles.
To the outsider Donny were the championship team and played some
seriously good football.
I my humble opinion we will never be neat promo with Sannino at the
helm, be brave Pozzos and replace him with a SUITABLY qualified
manager who can get the best out of this squad.

"we can field two great teams" don't think so based on last night.
totally agree with the above comments,we were worse than a shambles. To the outsider Donny were the championship team and played some seriously good football. I my humble opinion we will never be neat promo with Sannino at the helm, be brave Pozzos and replace him with a SUITABLY qualified manager who can get the best out of this squad. "we can field two great teams" don't think so based on last night. endean2
  • Score: 8

6:15pm Wed 27 Aug 14

The BestTrip2011 says...

JonBoy wrote:
I wouldn't throw 9 players together and hope they play like a team. They looked lost, like a bunch of strangers. If “We will forget this match. This mentality is needed.” is how Saninno saw this game then frankly I'm worried, can you image Graham Taylor saying that after such a performance?
Graham Taylor would probably be able to say it in
Italian.
[quote][p][bold]JonBoy[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't throw 9 players together and hope they play like a team. They looked lost, like a bunch of strangers. If “We will forget this match. This mentality is needed.” is how Saninno saw this game then frankly I'm worried, can you image Graham Taylor saying that after such a performance?[/p][/quote]Graham Taylor would probably be able to say it in Italian. The BestTrip2011
  • Score: 0

6:49pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Drewoneone says...

endean2 wrote:
totally agree with the above comments,we were worse than a shambles.
To the outsider Donny were the championship team and played some
seriously good football.
I my humble opinion we will never be neat promo with Sannino at the
helm, be brave Pozzos and replace him with a SUITABLY qualified
manager who can get the best out of this squad.

"we can field two great teams" don't think so based on last night.
Doncaster played really well. Dickov got his tactics spot on and deserved to go through.

I despair at managers fielding weakened teams in the League Cup. It is such an insult to the fans who pay good money (at least the reduced prices are a slight compensation, but still costs the same for me to do 200 mile round trip) to see their team win. Why so many changes? 2,3 4 is ok to ensure our massive squad gets some game time. Now we are out of the cup, that option is gone altogether. No chance of seeing how we do against PL opposition if we got them in the draw.

McGugan went straight down the tunnel when subbed, so is it goodbye Lewis?
[quote][p][bold]endean2[/bold] wrote: totally agree with the above comments,we were worse than a shambles. To the outsider Donny were the championship team and played some seriously good football. I my humble opinion we will never be neat promo with Sannino at the helm, be brave Pozzos and replace him with a SUITABLY qualified manager who can get the best out of this squad. "we can field two great teams" don't think so based on last night.[/p][/quote]Doncaster played really well. Dickov got his tactics spot on and deserved to go through. I despair at managers fielding weakened teams in the League Cup. It is such an insult to the fans who pay good money (at least the reduced prices are a slight compensation, but still costs the same for me to do 200 mile round trip) to see their team win. Why so many changes? 2,3 4 is ok to ensure our massive squad gets some game time. Now we are out of the cup, that option is gone altogether. No chance of seeing how we do against PL opposition if we got them in the draw. McGugan went straight down the tunnel when subbed, so is it goodbye Lewis? Drewoneone
  • Score: 4

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