Doncaster Rovers: Twist the knife at Luton urges Darren Ferguson

Darren Ferguson
Darren Ferguson

Darren Ferguson says his Doncaster Rovers side must twist the knife at Luton Town tomorrow.

The Hatters have suffered an early blow to their promotion aspirations by losing their last two.

And Ferguson believes a strong start from his side could tip a ‘tough’ game in their favour.

“They’ve had a couple of defeats on the bounce so it’s important we start well,” he told The Star.

“We have to make sure we manage the early part of the game because they do start with a tempo at home. They fly around the place.

“It’s clearly something they do focus on. There are similarities to ourselves.

“The early part of the game will be important and probably the first goal as well.

“We’ll be ready for it, we’ll be fully prepared and we have to be.

“It’s going to be a tough game in front of a big crowd and I’m looking forward to it.

“It’s a good football stadium down there and it’ll be a good atmosphere.”

Ferguson was critical of his side following last weekend’s win over Newport Town.

After analysing the game, he believes Rovers must improve their concentration levels if they are to maintain their strong run of form – a belief he says his players share.

“Rather than telling them I asked them where the problems arose during the game and they knew straight away that they were a bit sloppy and lacked concentration at times,” Ferguson said.

“Generally, we want to improve in every game but it’s easier said than done.”

Ferguson expects to see a mirror image of Rovers in Nathan Jones’ Luton side tomorrow afternoon.

He said: “We’re going to have to be very good against a team that, if I’m being honest, are as similar to ourselves as we’re going to face this season.

“They play a diamond in midfield and have a really good front two I feel, a real handful.

“They play a really good tempo, with good energy, a high press.

“I can see similarities in the teams in terms of how we want to play.

“We’ve both played a diamond so we’ll work on ways we can exploit that.”

Full back Frazer Richardson will be fit for tomorrow’s game.

Fellow defender Mathieu Baudry looks set to be in the squad – as he was against Newport – but is unlikely to play as he continues his comeback from injury.