Doncaster Rovers: Ferguson’s backing for Harry Middleton

Harry Middleton
Harry Middleton

Doncaster Rovers midfielder Harry Middleton still has plenty to learn according to Darren Ferguson.

But the Rovers boss has backed the 20-year-old to continue his superb development this season.

Middleton has earned a regular place in Ferguson’s starting XI since the Scottish boss took charge of the club last month, playing in a deep-lying midfield role within a 3-5-2 system.

And Ferguson admits he has been impressed by what he has seen from the youth team graduate.

He said: “Harry is a good player.

“He’s not what I would call a baby any more with him being 20.

“He’s doing fine. He’s got loads to learn and improve on.

“That’s up to myself and the coaches to make sure he does that.

“I like the boy. He’s got a right chance.”

Ferguson has conceded he should have opted for a 3-5-2 formation earlier in his Rovers tenure.

And in particular, he felt he should have introduced the system for the trip to his former club Peterborough United – a game which Rovers lost 4-0.

But Ferguson does believe the manner of the performance at London Road was a one-off, given the impressive turnaround Rovers have undergone since.

He said: “Hindsight is a great thing but I wish I’d played three at the back against them. I did think about it.

“I think Peteborough was maybe a one-off.

“We had our problems the week after against Colchester but got the win.

“You need those sorts of wins to get you to the point where you can see a lot more confidence in the players, like we have seen more recently and particularly at Blackpool last weekend when they were excellent.”