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Ferguson pre-Southend

31 December 2015

Gaffer looking for Rovers to stretch unbeaten away run to six games.

Darren Ferguson is gunning for three points when his Doncaster side head to Southend on Saturday.

Ferguson admitted that the Christmas period would be all but complete with victory over the play-off chasers at Roots Hall.

“If we get to Southend and get a win then I would have to say that’s a pleasing Christmas and then we can reflect on where we want to go,” he said.

“We’ll wait and see (what 2016 brings), we want to keep progressing. I don’t want to set any targets; we just want consistency in performances and results.

“It’s been quite a positive start to my career at Doncaster, I feel.

“I would be greedy and say that I wanted at least another three points but I’ve got a good group – they’ve shown that – they’re a good bunch of lads who understand what we want to do and they’ve got that character about them now and belief in what we’re doing.”

Rovers could face a backlash against a Shrimpers side who lost at home for the first time since September when they were dismantled 4-0 by Millwall at the weekend; a fact not lost on Ferguson who thinks his side have answered some questions.

“Southend play a 4-4-2, are very organised, have an experienced manager, have quite an experienced team and that’s a big defeat for them because they haven’t one of them at home since September in the league so it will be a tough game, similar to Oldham where we’ll have to dig in and match them.
“On the evidence of the Oldham game, we can do that though.
“It was a challenge, I think people from the outside may have looked at us and thought “they’ve lost to Scunthorpe, are they going to have a bit of a wobble?” and we’ve answered a few questions I would have thought.”

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