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Ferguson post-Stalybridge

9 November 2015

Gaffer pleased with cup progression over Conference North side.

Darren Ferguson praised his side’s professionalism in seeing off non-league Stalybridge Celtic in the first round of this season’s FA Cup.

Striker Andy Williams took his season’s goals tally to six after his match-winning double.

Rovers will discover their second round fate in tonight’s second cup draw, but Ferguson concentrated on back to back victories and clean sheets.

“It was a professional job,” he said.

“The start was fantastic but it seemed to hinder us a little bit after that. I thought we were a little slow on our play and it got a bit frustrating but the second half was much better.

“He (Williams) trained really well this week, his confidence is back. Strikers need that; he’s taken his first goal well in particular.

“It’s another game where you hope it builds the confidence. Another win and another clean sheet – it doesn’t matter who you’re against – it’s the winning mentality that you’re after. It was a good week in training and we hope this one will be too.”

The occasion was crowned by the fact that veteran midfielder James Coppinger took to the field for the 469th time in a Rovers shirt, thus breaking the all time appearance record which had been held by Colin Douglas.

“I said to the players after the game that for all of us, he (Coppinger) is an example,” said Ferguson.

“He’s a fantastic lad, he wanted the day out of the way because it was all about him when he’s not that sort of bloke.

“The fans were magnificent with him and so they should be after twelve years at the club. 469 is incredible and I’m sure there’s lots more in him. I would have liked to have worked with him before but he’s got another two years in him – there’s no doubt about that.”




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