Doncaster Rovers set the standard in terms of their energy and application in last night’s 1-0 win over Cambridge United, according to boss Darren Ferguson.
John Marquis missed a first half penalty but later scored a second half winner, heading home Matty Blair’s delicious cross, to earn Rovers their first win of the season.
Compared to Saturday’s underwhelming draw with Crawley Town it was like chalk and cheese in terms of the performance.
And Ferguson was suitably pleased with what he saw from his team.
“For everyone it means a lot to get that first win. It was a thoroughly deserved victory,” said Ferguson.
“Hopefully that will now settle everyone down and we can build on that come Saturday.
“If we get that level of energy every game then nobody can really have too many complaints.
“I want a team that when other teams play against us they think ‘they’ve got good players but by the way they work their socks off’.
“That’s what I require.”
He added: “It was a little bit nervous at the end but there was a good balance about us and some good individual performances.
“There’s still loads of room for improvement.
“What we said at half time was that we just needed a bit more quality and the quality of the goal was outstanding.
“It was a great cross and a great finish, and a goal worthy of winning any game.”
Rovers controlled the majority of the game and, Ferguson later admitted, should have won by a greater margin.
“We started the game well and we were a lot more aggressive on and off the ball,” said Rovers’ boss.
“We need to start scoring penalties – that is a problem for us.
“But it didn’t knock us and I don’t think it affected us at all.
“At half time I just told them to keep plugging away, add a bit more quality and keep the concentration.
“We should’ve won by more than one but I’ll take that.
“It’s our first clean sheet, first win and it gives us things to work on.”
Tyler Garratt went off at half time nursing a slight ankle problem.