Big match build-up: Brown ‘best of his type’ says Dickov

Chris Brown has been lauded for his workrate by Paul Dickov.
Chris Brown has been lauded for his workrate by Paul Dickov.

Chris Brown is the best striker of his type in the division, according to Paul Dickov.

Theo Robinson and Federico Macheda have both hit the headlines for their scoring contributions since joining Rovers, the latter grabbing his third goal in two games in the win over Sheffield Wednesday.

But Dickov says Brown is due plaudits of his own.

“I’ve not seen a striker of Browny’s ilk that is better than him,” Dickov said. “As a targetman, leading the line, his workrate for the team is phenomenal. And the goals will come for him.

“Kiko (Macheda) and Theo are getting lots of attention for their goals but they would be the first to admit that the job Browny does for the other strikers and the team is class.

“Kiko was in the box to score on Saturday because Browny had done the hard work beforehand to create the space of James Coppinger to cross.”

Dickov is once again faced with a selection dilemma up front as he prepares to welcome high-flying Burnley to the Keepmoat tonight.

All three strikers started against the Owls but the 4-3-3 formation did not work.

He said: “We did well when we went two up front with Browny and Kiko but Theo has done nothing wrong.

“It’s a difficult decision but I’ve got that sort of problem throughout the team.”

Robinson was withdrawn at Hillsborough with a tight groin but Dickov is confident he will be available tonight. Reece Wabara trained yesterday after missing the Wednesday game with his on-going foot issue.

Burnley have won seven of their nine matches so far, moving second in the table with Saturday’s 3-0 win over Charlton.

Dickov says his side’s win at the weekend has given them a cushion for this tough test.

He said: “That three points gives us some breathing space and the opportunity to have a real go at the team who are second in the league.

“It’s a great test for us. Burnley are flying, Sean (Dyche) has got them playing great football.

“It’ll be tough but we’ve played a lot of top teams in the division already and we’ve held our own.”