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Dickov saw Proschwitz coming

After pursuing Nick Proschwitz in the January transfer window, Doncaster Rovers manager Paul Dickov was reminded of the striker's quality as he netted a brace for Barnsley in their 2-2 draw at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday.

Despite acknowledging the performance of the on-loan Hull City forward, Dickov believes Rovers were the architects of their own downfall in the fiercely-contested South Yorkshire derby.

Dickov made an enquiry over Proschwitz's services in January before striking a deal with first-choice target Billy Sharp, who could only watch from the stands at the weekend due to suspension.

German Proschwitz opened the scoring and then earned Barnsley a vital share of the spoils with an emphatic 89th minute equaliser after James Coppinger's double had turned the game on its head.

"We made an enquiry for him - but we made enquiries for about ten different strikers," Dickov told Doncaster Free Press.

"Billy Sharp was the one we wanted. That was it. But we knew he [Proschwitz] was going to be a handful.

"The plan was to keep him and Chris O'Grady out of the box and I thought we did that for the majority of the game. We're disappointed to only draw the game."

After taking the lead against the Tykes, who are currently 23rd in the Championship standings, Dickov fully expected his side to take three points and admits the draw will do more for Barnsley's team morale.

"Having gone 2-1 up and looking as though we're going on to win the game, to switch off from a throw in was really disappointing," he added.

"You've got to manage the game better. I thought we dropped too deep and after we went 2-1 up we stopped doing the things that got us back into the game. But it's another point on the board.

"Barnsley will feel they might've won it, given the pressure they put on us towards the end. I thought we were the better team from the moment they scored to us going 2-1 up. So I suppose it was a fair result.

"But being 2-1 up with two minutes to go and conceding from a throw in has made me a little bit angry."