PAUL GOODWIN: Rovers wideboys need to start delivering

The impending return of Harry Forrester will be a welcome boost for Rovers.
The impending return of Harry Forrester will be a welcome boost for Rovers.

Paul Dickov needs to get his at least one of his wideboys delivering in order to end Doncaster’s away goal drought.

Rovers have failed to score in four of their last five away games. They are also the joint lowest scorers on their travels with just six goals from ten games.

Free-scoring Derby might be the Championship’s top scorers but they are by no means the strongest defensively. Only Barnsley have conceded more on home turf.

That in itself offers encouragement for Rovers ahead of a rather daunting trip to face a side that has won the last six on the spin.

It goes without saying Doncaster will have to improve defensively in order to avoid a third straight defeat. They’ve been guilty of conceding some really soft goals in recent weeks.

But at the other end Rovers must offer more going forward and improve the service into the frontmen.

All Rovers mustered up from open play at Bolton was a solitary shot from Theo Robinson. That’s not good enough. And to avoid a repeat Doncaster’s widemen need to start delivering more.

David Cotterill, Mark Duffy and James Coppinger could each claim that their form has suffered as a result of not being granted a prolonged run in the side.

Cotterill, one of the first names on the teamsheet during the previous regime, by his own admission has lacked confidence.

Duffy has taken time to adapt, while Coppinger has faded after impressing in a left wing role earlier in the season.

Rovers can’t just rely on Richie Wellens to pick the locks in the opposition defences.

So now might be the time for Dickov to pick his premier wideboy and give him a run in the side - and a run of games to gather up a head of steam down the flank.

Widemen getting beyond their full back and whipping in a decent cross is not something we’ve seen enough of this season.

Rather than Chris Brown dropping deep to link play he needs to be getting on the end of crosses.

The man to deliver those bullets could yet be Harry Forrester, or even Yun Suk-Young. Whoever gets the nod, Rovers need more from their wideboys.