The Doncaster Rovers squad has been ordered to do themselves justice in front of a bumper crowd for Saturday’s FA Cup match with Stoke City.
Boss Darren Ferguson is keen for his side to show a true reflection of how good they can be after fluffing their lines in front of the last big gathering of Rovers supporters at the Keepmoat on Boxing Day.
The largest home support of the season to date saw Rovers turn in a disappointingly poor performance in defeat to Scunthorpe.
But the 7,506 tally of Rovers fans from that day is set to be dwarfed with Saturday’s visit of the Potters edging closer to a sell-out.
“I’m sure we’ll get a good crowd and we need to make sure we put in a better performance than Boxing Day,” Ferguson said. It’s important that we entertain the fans when they come at home.
“They were great again last week at Southend which was a long, long trip just after Christmas.
“We need to be better than the last home game.”
Ferguson admits he is looking forward to the challenge awaiting his players against Premier League Stoke on Saturday.
And he hinted he may use the cup as an opportunity to experiment with progress in League One remaining his primary focus.
Ferguson said: “Mark Hughes has done a fabulous job with them. They’ve got a great squad.
“It’s a good challenge for the lads, a different type of challenge, a totally different thing.
“It’s a game I can go into, try one or two things differently but try to get the cup shock.”
Tickets for a tie continue to sell well and the club are advising people to buy tickets online via their website or by calling the ticket office on 01302 762576.