Manager hoping for improved standards in roses clash.Darren Ferguson was relishing the challenge of turning his team around for a second game in less than 48 hours when Rovers travel to Boundary Park to take on lowly Oldham Athletic.
The struggling Latics – under the tutelage of former England midfielder David Dunn – have played just one league game in December thus far.
“Their game got cancelled on Saturday morning and we’re hoping after that (the Scunthorpe) result, that the game will be on,” admitted Ferguson.
“The weather is bad up there but I spoke to David Dunn who asked for a ticket to our game and he thinks it will be fine.
“You’ve got to hope it’s on and you can say that they’ve got an advantage. We’re professional athletes so it won’t be a problem and we’ll prepare right.”
Ferguson was staunch in his stance following the Boxing Day loss and told his players that “Whenever you drop your standards, there’s a good chance you won’t win in this league.”
“We have to be better and anyone would agree with me that it (the Scunthorpe game) was disappointing with a big crowd and there were people who hadn’t been down for a while and it was disappointing as we want them down watching us,” said Ferguson.
“They (the players) will be okay, I’ll look at them on Sunday morning and only using Harry Middleton and Paul Keegan for a half each could be an advantage.
“They (Oldham) have got quite a lot of experience in their team and it will be difficult.
“David Dunn was a good footballer with a good career and probably doesn’t have to go in to management but fair play to him, he’s decided to and hopefully he does well after Monday!”