Doncaster Rovers: Nathan Tyson lists Keepmoat Stadium pitch among things to improve

Nathan Tyson in action at the Keepmoat. Photo: Steve Uttley.
Nathan Tyson in action at the Keepmoat. Photo: Steve Uttley.

Nathan Tyson says the Keepmoat Stadium pitch is just one of several things that Doncaster Rovers must improve.

The 33-year-old striker sounded an interesting end of season critique after signing off with a hat trick against Scunthorpe earlier this month.

Tyson claimed the Keepmoat surface was not conducive to the type of football Rovers wanted to play and added that “stuff going on in and around the club” also needed to improve.

“It was important to enjoy that last day and also give the fans belief that we can win at home,” said Tyson.

“There’s a lot of factors [for the poor home form].

“The pitch has not been great this season, for us playing the style of football we want to play. I think it’s something that needs to improve next season.

“There’s lots of improvement needed in terms of the mentality of the players too, and stuff going on in and around the club. I won’t go into detail because I don’t really know that much.

“But I think whoever comes in next season, and whoever stays, I think the basic line of what we want to achieve is there. Hopefully the football club can do that.”

After almost quitting the game last summer, Tyson tallied 14 goals and won both the club and Sheffield Star’s Player of the Year awards.

“It’s been like a comeback season for me,” said Tyson.

“The last two or three seasons have been horrific. I had injuries at Derby, went on loan to Millwall, signed for Blackpool, and things didn’t work out. I went seasons without scoring a goal. I was being played out of position and all sorts.

“It’s been well documented I thought about hanging up the boots last season so it’s pleasing how this season went. Hopefully I can move forward with this next season.”