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Ferguson After Rovers Identity

13 November 2015

Gaffer speaks ahead of Blackpool trip, setting out his aims and objectives in the process.

Darren Ferguson spoke of his desire to create an identity at Doncaster Rovers that will run throughout the club.

The Scot has been in charge for less than a month and has set about putting his own mark on proceedings at Keepmoat Stadium.

“I want people to understand what it is to be a Doncaster player,” said Ferguson.

“I want an identity to the football club, it’s not just the 20 players in the first team, I want it throughout the club.

“If I get a youth team player in my first team they know how to play in the first team regardless of what system or formation we’re playing and they understand why they’re there.”

With three wins in his opening five games in charge, the former Peterborough was delighted to conclude his loan transfer dealings with the latest addition being Craig Alcock from Sheffield United prior to Saturday’s trip to Blackpool.

Defender Alcock compliments the Scot’s squad which boasts three Premier League loanees; Keshi Anderson (Crystal Palace), Conor Grant and Felipe Mattioni (both Everton).

“The people in charge, the owners, have been brilliant with me and they’ve let me get the loan market done,” Ferguson said.

“I’ve got certain players in where it was needed and I’ve spoken how I wanted more pace and legs in the team and I’ve done that.

“I’ve got some really good players here and I have to say that they’ve been spot on since I came in.

“I know they’re buying in to what we’re trying do and they’ve been really good – added to that we’ve had a few wins.”

Twenty-seven year Alcock played under Ferguson at Peterborough United and could make his Rovers debut in Saturday’s game against the Tangerines where the visitors are aiming for a third straight win.

“The most important thing with Craig was his flexibility,” said Ferguson.

“I know the lad from working with him previously but if we want to go back to a four, he can play in any of the positions.

“I knew with my last loan it had to be a really important one.

“He’s got that winning mentality which is another important thing, he’s had promotion before and the more we can get like that, then the better.

 “Blackpool, you can go up there and it can be horrible, windy and we’ll have to deal with all of that and make sure we’re right mentally – which we will be – and take the game to them if we can.

“When you look at the fixtures and see Blackpool away, you never think it’s easy and I don’t think Saturday will be any different.”

Watch the full interview with Darren below on Rovers Player.


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