Doncaster Rovers: Ferguson urges ‘just do what you’re doing’

Mitchell Lund is an injury doubt for Rovers
Mitchell Lund is an injury doubt for Rovers

Darren Ferguson has kept things simple when demanding what he wants from his players this weekend - more of the same please.

The Doncaster Rovers boss was delighted with the majority of the performance against Blackpool last weekend and the manner of the side’s improvement over the last few weeks.

And he says consistency will only come if Rovers keep doing what they are doing, starting against Rochdale at the Keepmoat on Saturday.

“As long as we get the same attitude and mentality we had at Blackpool, we’ll be right,” Ferguson said.

“That game was a real test for the players. It was wet, windy and horrible.

“People probably thought we’d get beat because we’ve been inconsistent.

“But we’re showing a bit of consistency.

“I feel we’ve got a bit more of a cutting edge about us now.

“I think we’re playing with that bit more energy in the team and definitely more confidence.

“But we’ve got to keep getting into them.

“The one thing that stood out for me was the desire to win the game.

“Not in every game are we going to play well or it go exactly as we want it to. But we can still win it.

“It’s important to hammer into the players that the teams with the most desire, who can grind out wins, are generally more successful.”

Last Saturday’s win at Blackpool was the third consecutive victory for Rovers and a third straight clean sheet.

Ferguson believes it would be foolish for complacency to be an issue for his players, given their position in League One remains precarious, just four points clear of the bottom four.

He said: “There will be no complacency.

“We’re 16th in the league so we’ve got a lot of catching up to do.

“We’ve got to keep working with the players.”

Mitchell Lund is a doubt for Saturday’s game having suffered a shoulder injury at Blackpool last weekend. Loanee Craig Alcock is likely to come into the side.

Paul Keegan, Curtis Main, Richard Chaplow and Gary MacKenzie are all out.