Gaffer assesses defeat at the hands of roses rivals.Darren Ferguson bemoaned his sides luck after seeing loan striker Keshi Anderson suffer a suspected broken leg, which overshadowed a 2-0 home defeat to Rochdale.
The second half substitute lasted no more than fifteen minutes before being struck down by a horror injury which Ferguson felt influenced the outcome of the game.
“I do think that the injury to Keshi had an impact on the players,” said Ferguson.
“I’m not making excuses because I don’t do that but I think visibly my players were upset and they could see that he’d suffered an injury.
“We got him on for a bit of a spark and to cause them problems but it’s a real shame for the boy as it looks like he’s broken his leg. I don’t think there was anyone near him but that can happen, he's in hospital at the moment.”
Ferguson called for more from his players, who will return to action at Keepmoat Stadium within 72 hours when they face near neighbours Chesterfield on Tuesday evening.
“I need to see them demand more from each other. I’ve just said that to them in there,” said Ferguson.
“Its hard work to be at it every minute of every game but that’s what you’ve got to do and that’s the way it is. That’s what I expect of them, it can’t always be me and my staff.
“I’m not saying that there was a lack of effort or anything, because they gave it a right good go but we’ve got to rid ourselves of the bad habit of losing football games because it’s the worst feeling in the world!
“It was stop-start and bitty. It wasn’t our greatest performance obviously.
“There's positives we have to take such as Craig Alcock doing well on his home debut.
“We have to go again tomorrow (Sunday) when they’ll be in and then it’s a big game Tuesday where we need to make sure we get the right result.”
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