Sticking to what he is good at has earned Paul Keegan plenty of praise from a delighted Paul Dickov.
The Irish midfielder returned to action in the win over Wigan after six weeks out with a hamstring injury.
And while he provided the cross for Chris Brown’s opening goal, it was Keegan’s usual repertoire that earned the plaudits from his boss.
“I don’t mean this in a disrespectful way but Keegs knows what he’s good at and he does it,” Dickov said. “That’s what the best players do.
“He’s a massive influence on his team mates because everyone can rely on him doing his job properly.
“He showed that against Wigan.
“Him being in there released Richie Wellens to go and do his stuff and other players as well because they are safe in the knowledge that the back four has some protection.
“Keegs is one of the players we’ve been desperate to get back.
“When you look around the dressing room and you’ve got players like Keegs back in there, it breeds confidence not just on matchday but right through the week.”
Dickov’s attention has quickly shifted back to signing a striker during the January transfer window.
His pursuit of Hull’s Nick Proschwitz looks set for another set back due to the Tigers’ involvement in the FA Cup.
New signings Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long as well as loanee Danny Graham are all ineligible leaving Steve Bruce’s striking options limited for the fourth round clash with Southend.