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Ferguson pre-Scunthorpe

23 December 2015

Gaffer eyes up a dose of derby day delight for Doncaster.

Darren Ferguson was in a positive mood ahead of the Boxing Day clash with Scunthorpe United.

The meeting with the Iron not only presents Rovers with the chance to return to the top half of the table for the first time since the opening week of the season, but an opportunity to record an eighth successive victory over their local rivals.

“I think it’s a good game, derby games take care of themselves. It’ll be a good crowd on Boxing Day and I’m sure the tackles will be flying in – that’s what you want and you expect – and it’s a game that I’m really looking forward to,” said Ferguson.

“I think it’s an important period of the season, there’s no question that December and the Christmas period - because you’ve got so many fixtures - things can turn either for good or bad,” 

“You want to be a confident bunch and have that belief that in every game we go in to now we feel we can win and that’s where we’re at. We know well that you can slip up but generally we go in to the games feeling confident and the players have a belief about them.”

Rovers recent run has seen them overtake United in the League One table but form could go out the window when Darren Ferguson comes up against his ex-Manchester United teammate Mark Robins.
“If you get a good Christmas, you have a real optimism going in to the New Year of what you can do,” said Ferguson.

 “He (Mark Robins) was a teammate of mine, as was David Kelly (United’s assistant manager) at Wolves. I’ve come against him quite a few times as a manager. I think he’s got a really good squad, I watched them myself in the (FA Cup) replay against Orient and we’ll prepare as we have done all week.

“I’d take a win and hopefully not so dramatic - we look a real threat and we’re getting goals!”

Tickets for the game are available below or by calling 01302 762576.

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