Cotterill strike worthy of ending Rovers’ wait

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Paul Dickov believes David Cotterill’s equaliser was worthy of ending Doncaster Rovers’ 59-year losing streak at Birmingham City.

You have to go back to 1954 for the last time Rovers avoided defeat at St Andrew’s – stretching over eight games – but Cotterill’s 30-yard effort 12 minutes from time on Tuesday night rescued a point for the visitors.

Lee Novak had powered home from 10 yards just before the half-hour mark to give City the lead.

“It’s a fantastic strike,” said Dickov. “We know David’s got that in his locker from the goals he scored last year.

“It’s something he practices a lot, technically he’s very good. He’s a had a few this year which have gone wide and over the bar so I’m delighted for him. We don’t want to get beat in games and limp off the pitch at the end of it. If we’re going to get beat, at least get beat having a good go.

“I didn’t feel as though we did that well enough in the first half.

“My players know what I’m like as a manager, if they go out there and have a right good go then I’ll back them all the way – win, lose or draw. But I keep saying to them if you do have a go and try to do the right things then you’ve always got a chance of getting points.”