Doncaster Rovers: Fergie hopes fans return after Stoke City show

Some of the 13,299 crowd at the Rovers v Stoke  FA Cup third round tie. Photo: Howard Roe
Some of the 13,299 crowd at the Rovers v Stoke FA Cup third round tie. Photo: Howard Roe
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Darren Ferguson hopes his side’s determined FA Cup display against Stoke City will tempt more fans back to the Keepmoat Stadium on a more regular basis.

Rovers went down 2-1 against their Premier League rivals in front of a crowd of 13,299 - the club’s highest gate for almost five years.

But they could hold their heads up high after pushing Mark Hughes’ men all the way.

“It was a good performance,” said Ferguson.

“It was really important we got a performance to that level because of the crowd that came. We want more of them to come back for league games.

“Our last home performance wasn’t great in front of a big crowd but today was good. I was pleased with the players.

“The atmosphere was brilliant and we want that every week, and to get as many fans in as we can.

“I don’t think many of them would have gone home too disappointed. Obviously the result was disappointing, but not the performance.

“There would have been a lot of fans in that have not been here for a while so hopefully they’ll come back.”

Goalscorer Nathan Tyson and Andy Butler missed glorious chances in stoppage time to take the tie to a replay.

“It was a proper cup tie, it went right to the wire,” said Ferguson.

“We had two great chances at the end and I don’t know how Butts hasn’t scored. That’s the cup, you have to take your chances.

“I was pleased with how we responded to losing both goals,” he added.

“I think we know by now that the team’s got a lot of character and determination not to lose games. Over the 90 minutes I thought we were unlucky.”