Darren Ferguson admits he faces a big decision over his strike force heading into Saturday’s clash with Accrington Stanley – all thanks to Alfie May.
The striker came off the bench to net his first goal for Rovers – and his first in professional football – to help rescue a point against promotion rivals Luton Town.
With Andy Williams having not scored since Boxing Day and John Marquis failing to find the net in his last three games, Ferguson hinted he may be ready to hand May his first start for the club.
“He’s given me a big decision to make this week,” Ferguson said. “There’s no question about that.
“Alfie is 100 per cent ready to start.
“I’ve had tough decisions not chucking him in because John has been outstanding this season. We’ve got to be careful that John doesn’t carry us too much.
“Willo has been good, technically good, but he’s just not been scoring goals.
“And Alfie coming in and scoring a goal gives me a big decision.
“Andy’s performances have contributed to us winning games. If they hadn’t have done I wouldn’t have been playing him.
“But as a striker, you have to score goals.”
Ferguson says he will have to be careful managing Gary McSheffrey’s reintegration into the side following his long term knee injury.
McSheffrey came off the bench for his first appearance of the season, something Ferguson admitted was a gamble.
“He’s still two or three weeks away from thinking about starting a game,” he said. “I gambled with it but he gives you quality. He’s a quality player. The composure of him just keeping the ball.
“But he’s no where near ready to start and I’ve got to be careful.
“It was a gamble just putting him on the bench but I did it because of that quality he’s got.”
McSheffrey is set to feature in a behind-closed-doors game with Notts County this afternoon.