Doncaster Rovers: Ferguson demands quick improvement

Darren Ferguson
Darren Ferguson

He may have only been in charge for two days but Darren Ferguson is demanding short term gains from Doncaster Rovers.

The new Rovers boss took charge of first team affairs for the first time on Sunday ahead of tonight’s away trip to Shrewsbury Town.

His time on the training ground may have been limited but Ferguson wants to see improvement tonight.

“There’s not a great deal of time,” he said. “We’ve got to turn this around.

“There has to be short term improvement. We’re fully aware of that.

“We have to start games right, get a foothold in the game, and make sure, if we can, to dominate the ball.

“These are the things I want to do for every game.

“It doesn’t have to be all in front of us. We can turn defenders, make sure we can get up the pitch and create space for whatever formation I go with.

“But we have to make sure we start the game properly, don’t concede and don’t make it easy for the opposition.”

Tonight’s trip to New Meadow is the first of three consecutive away trips before Rovers return to the Keepmoat on October 31 against Colchester United.

And Ferguson wants his players to ensure they return home to a positive atmosphere in 11 days time.

He said: “We can dictate the atmosphere to a degree of what it’s going to be like when we come back here if we get the right results in the next three games.

“We can put everyone in a positive frame of mind.

“A big thing on Saturday was, for me, it was sort of like a new beginning.

“There was a genuinely positive attitude around the place but it was deflated within a minute when Bradford scored.

“If we go and get positive results we can dictate the atmosphere and get a good crowd here.

“We’ve got to try and get that positive vibe about the place because it isn’t here at the moment.

“But that’s up to me and the players.”

Ferguson was due to check on the fitness of Andy Butler last night ahead of today’s trip after he suffered blurred vision from a knock against Bradford.