Player coach cannot hide his frustration as Rovers home league unbeaten run is ended.Rob Jones said that he was “disappointed for the football club” in the way that the curtain came down on his interim period in charge of the football club.
The 35 year old watched on as Rovers were defeated at home to Bradford City but he gave his unequivocal backing to new manager Darren Ferguson.
“It’s time for a new era, an exciting and massive era. He plays good, attractive football and everyone is fully behind him.
“This is the longest tenure I’ve been at a club. I love it here and want it to do well. I’m 100% behind Darren and Gavin, whatever they need me to do, I’ll do it.
“Darren will know what he wants to do and what he sees necessary. He basically said what he expects, it wasn’t a long chat. He starts work first thing in the morning.”
The hard work starts in earnest for Ferguson – most recently of Peterborough United – when 23rd placed Rovers travel to Shrewsbury.
“We can’t keep giving people goals,” bemoaned Jones.
“We had 89 minutes to get back in to it and had lots of possession, and possession in their half, but the final ball wasn’t good enough – to have two shots on target at home isn’t good enough.
“Its always a shock when you start so slowly. It’s a group that grows in games at this moment in time. We’ve shown that in the last three home games, we’ve started slowly and then got going.
“Andy Butler came off because he had a bit of blurred vision and couldn’t shake it off. We’ve spoken to the doctor and he should be fine. Copps (James Coppinger) had a knock to his calf but he’s shaken it off and should be okay for Tuesday night, as everyone else will be.
“It’s the aim for me to get as many U21s in to the first team group as possible and get back on the pitch. I have done quite a lot and have been working so could play – if requested – on Tuesday.
“I hope to be involved in the whole group but that’s the manager’s decision.”