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Ferguson Pre-Millwall

27 October 2015

Gaffer assesses side's chances ahead of trip to face Lions - and there's no excuses!

Darren Ferguson said that there’s something about going to face Millwall in their own backyard on a Tuesday night.

Rovers round off a week on the road – which has included three successive away games – when they travel to South London looking to register their first win against the Lions for over seven years.

“Tuesday night at Millwall is always a tough game, there’s no getting away from it,” said Ferguson. 

“They got a good result on Saturday. They’re a big and physical team. We’ve got to make sure we impose ourselves on it, play how we want to, control possession and quieten their fans.

“It’s the usual stuff when you go away from home but in particular at the Den.”

Ferguson guffawed at claims that players could be affected by the quantity of travelling, however.

“That’s just an excuse," he said.

“There’s no impact. There’s no way a player can throw that at me as an excuse, there’s no chance.

“They’re on a bus, they can fall asleep if they want, and they’re not driving it!

“We can’t use things like that as excuses, no, I’m not having that really. It’s just the way it is. The game got called off because of the internationals, we’ll travel in the morning and they’ll have a sleep in the afternoon so there are no excuses.”

The Scot said that Rovers will do all it takes to upset the rhythm of a side that sits on the fringes of the play-offs, but have lost 4 of 6 home league games.

“(Aiden) O’Brien is in form, the front two are a handful and so the players will know what to expect,” said Ferguson.

“We have to make sure that we battle to earn the right to play against these, that’s one thing you have to do away from home and we’ll have to do it better than we did on Saturday anyway.

“I think it (The New Den) has got a certain aura about it and especially a night game but it’s up to us to impose ourselves on them and make sure we dictate possession of the ball.

“If not then it becomes a battle and we have to stick our head in and kick things and we’ll do that as well.”

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