Doncaster Rovers: ‘I’m loving it as Main man,’ says in-form striker

Curtis Main
Curtis Main

Curtis Main says he is benefitting from a prolonged run in the side.

The 22-year-old striker has started the last six games after coming off the bench to score a stunner in last month’s home defeat to Bristol City.

He has found the net twice more since then, taking his current tally to ten, and produced a man of the match display in Saturday’s vital comeback win at Coventry City.

Main missed the majority of the first two months of the season through injury and, following a purple patch in November, scored just once in 15 games.

The Geordie admits he found it tough going earlier in the campaign but is now relishing the chance to lead the line for Doncaster.

Main said: “This is probably the first time since I came back from injury that I’ve had a really good spell in the team.

“I’ve managed to come in and do a half decent job for the team and score a few goals.

“Getting into double figures last Tuesday night was pleasing.

“I’m just enjoying playing.

“It was frustrating getting injured so early in the season but that’s part of the job,” he added.

“I found it difficult coming back and I was in and out of the side and not getting a run. That’s football though.

“I feel good now. I’ve played the last few games and I hope to continue what I did on Saturday.”

Boss Paul Dickov has publicly backed Main this season but has also made it clear to the frontman that he needs to relax more.

“I’ve had a number of discussions with the manager about it,” said Main.

“I’m quite self critical and I just want to get the best out of me.

“I think he’s just noticed that I need to relax a bit more. He’s told me not to force it, so I just need to let it come naturally.”

Main’s harrying and sheer persistence set up goals for Jonson Clarke-Harris and Harry Forrester at the Ricoh Arena but the striker has warned that Rovers must start games better if they are to finish in the top six.

“It wasn’t the best of starts but I think it shows the amazing character in the squad to keep coming back,” he said.

“We can’t keep putting ourselves in that position though, we’ve got to be at it right from the start.”