Doncaster Rovers: First goal has Tyson ready to roll

Nathan Tyson strokes his penalty kick against Chesterfield
Nathan Tyson strokes his penalty kick against Chesterfield

When Doncaster Rovers were awarded a penalty against Chesterfield on Tuesday night, there was no way Nathan Tyson was not going to take it.

It terms of penalty duty, boss Darren Ferguson had left it down to Tyson and strike partner Andy Williams to decide between themselves over who would take any given spot kick.

Without a goal to his name for the campaign, Tyson took the decision away from Williams, who was already on a decent scoring run.

“I’m older than him – age before beauty,” Tyson said of the decision with a big smile on his face.

“I just thought it was my perfect chance to get on the scoresheet and I think Andy respected that as well.

“He did say afterwards that he’s got the next one and I said he can have it.

“He’s on a good scoring run as well and I think he could have had a hat trick on Tuesday. He’s shown the quality we see in training.

“I’m buzzing for him but most of all I’m buzzing for the team because we’ve been working extremely hard to get his level of performance.

“We can do a lot more as well.”

The 33-year-old tends to steer any interview to the state of the team rather than focusing too much on himself. It appears to be his nature.

An intelligent and considered talker, Tyson can always be counted upon to deliver honest assessments.

After seeing his penalty kick saved by Spireites keeper Tommy Lee, Tyson pounced to force the ball over the line from the rebound.

Given his honesty, when he says he needed his first goal of the season, you know it is true.

“It’s been playing on my mind for the last three or four games, he said. “But having said that, I wasn’t too worried.

“The gaffer pulled me in the week, we had a little chat.

“I’d been snatching at things, getting frustrated with myself.

“But I’ve been involved in other goals and part of the team, doing the nitty gritty stuff.

“As long as I kept doing that, I knew I’d get my rewards.

“Hopefully I can push on now, feel happy and have the weight lifted off my shoulders.”

It is almost a cliche to say a striker needs a goal.

But what does it actually mean to end a scoring drought?

Tyson said: “It just lifts the weight off the shoulders.

“I’ve been in situations where nothing is happening.

“You just have to be believe in yourself and stay confident that something is going to happen.

“I was getting closer and closer. I felt it was going to happen and with a little bit of luck, I’ve got there.

“Now I’m just going to not look back and just continue on.”

Continuing on takes Tyson and Rovers to League One leaders Coventry City on Saturday.

Confidence is brimming for individual and team with Tyson now off the mark and Rovers back to winning ways after a superb demolition of Chesterfield.

Tyson said: “It’s going to be a hard game but it’s a challenge we’re ready for, waiting to play the top of the table and seeing how ready we are.”

Now both Tyson and Williams are on the goal trail, it will be interesting to see who wins the argument should Rovers be awarded a penalty at the Ricoh Arena.