Doncaster Rovers: Ferguson aims to shake off losing ‘habit’

Rovers' players celebrate James Coppinger's goal at Shrewsbury. Photo: Howard Roe.
Rovers' players celebrate James Coppinger's goal at Shrewsbury. Photo: Howard Roe.

New boss Darren Ferguson is determined to get Doncaster Rovers out of the losing habit.

Ferguson got his tenure off to the best possible start with a 2-1 win at Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night and hopes that will mark a significant change in his side.

The victory at New Meadow was only the third in 13 matches this season and the first on the road since the trip to Leyton Orient in April.

“Losing is a terrible habit to get in to,” Ferguson said. “And it does become a habit.

“It’s like winning.

“When you go through winning runs you go into games thinking ‘we’re going to win this one’.

“You don’t want it to be the opposite effect.

“We’ve got to get rid of that and hopefully it started on Tuesday.”

Rovers turned in a strong performance against Shrewsbury, attacking with real pace and pressing with great intensity when off the ball.

Ferguson had just one full training session with the entire squad prior to the trip, focusing heavily on tactical play as he looked to stamp his mark on the team.

Despite the poor start to the season, Ferguson admitted he did not feel as though confidence was low in the squad.

Rather, he expects it to sky-rocket if several wins are strung together.

“I haven’t see any real evidence of the players being down,” he said. “They’ve been really lively.

“On Friday, I got a really good feeling from them and I was fully expecting them to get the right result against Bradford on Saturday.

“They’re not walking around like they’re low on confidence.

“I look at it the other way. That if we’re winning, the confidence goes through the roof.”

Ferguson will monitor the fitness of Gary MacKenzie after the centre half was withdrawn at Shrewsbury due to a thigh strain.

The Rovers boss said he may turn to the loan market for reinforcements with the squad short on defensive cover.