Paul Dickov conceded that his Doncaster Rovers side were ‘nowhere near their best’ in the opening day draw with Bury.
And the Scot was keen to praise goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann for his heroics in the Rovers goal - even if Harry Forrester’s freak goal did ruin the German’s hopes of a clean sheet bonus!
“Bury are a good team,” said Dickov after the game.
“I fully expect them to be up there.
“I thought there were spells we looked really good in the game, but I thought there were other spells we looked a bit lax defensively as a unit and as a team.
“We created a few chances and had two penalty shouts but I think you’ve got to say they’ve had the better chances in the game.
“Thorsten was fantastic for us to keep us in it.
“That’s why you want to bring a top goalkeeper in because they’re worth points to you.”
He added: “In fits and starts we played well but over the course of the game we were nowhere near our best.
“But if you can’t win the game, make sure you don’t lose it.
“That’s our mantra this season and I reminded the boys about that in the dressing room after the game.
“It just would’ve been nice for both sets of defences and goalkeepers to get a clean sheet.
“Thorsten’s raging because he’s not getting his clean sheet bonus now!”