Five-goal finale leaves Doncaster Rovers wondering what might have been

Rovers Nathan Tyson celebrates one of his three goals against Scunthorpe. Photo: Steve Uttley
Rovers Nathan Tyson celebrates one of his three goals against Scunthorpe. Photo: Steve Uttley

Paul Dickov admitted yesterday’s 5-2 win over Scunthorpe United was tinged with frustration – and left the Doncaster Rovers dressing room thinking what might have been.

Rovers’ seventh straight win against the Iron, which included a hat trick for top scorer Nathan Tyson, saw them end up 13th in the final League One standings.

Dickov said: “It was a pleasing way to end, but also a little bit frustrating as well.

“The game possibly summed up our season.

“There was some really good football at times and we scored some good goals. But there were also some lapses in concentration when we conceded the goals and we switched off for 20 minutes after half time.

“But I’m really pleased with the win and to score five goals in front of our fans.

“We all know our home form hasn’t been good enough so it was a good way to end the season.”

Doncaster bossed the first half and a Niall Canavan own goal broke the deadlock, before Tyson headed in a second and skipper Rob Jones found the net against his former club to put Rovers firmly in control at the break.

The Iron threatened a second half comeback after reducing the deficit via an Andy Butler own goal but two Tyson penalties put the result beyond doubt, before a late consolation from Hakeen Adelakun.

The victory was only Rovers’ seventh home win in the league this season and understandably left Dickov frustrated that his side had not produced more performances of this ilk at the Keepmoat.

“Yes [it makes me think why couldn’t we do that more often?], I’m not going to lie to you,” he said.

“But I’ve got to give them credit because to come out and score five goals against anybody is a good achievement.

“I was pleased with some of the football we played but also the professionalism of the players, because it’s easy when the sun comes out in the last game of the season to go through the motions.”

Dickov also hailed hat trick hero Tyson, who finished on 14 for the season.

“If anybody deserved that, it’s Nathan,” said Dickov.

“He’s worked his socks off constantly and got the goals he deserved. He thoroughly deserved his hat-trick.”