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Ferguson On Wigan Athletic

14 April 2016

Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Ferguson believes possession will be crucial in Saturday's League One clash with Wigan Athletic.

Rovers welcome the table toppers to the Keepmoat Stadium and will be looking to end the visitors five match winning streak.

Whilst Ferguson conceded Wigan are favorites for the match, the Doncaster manager remains optimistic of pulling off a surprise.

Ferguson said: "It is a game where we are massive underdogs."

"A lot of people expected Wigan to get promoted and they are the best team in the league, they have some very good individuals.

"I think they will go up, but we don't want a promotion party at our place on Saturday because that is a possibility if other results go for them, so we desperately don't want that.

"We are fighting for different reasons and both fighting for something, they have a lot of quality in their team, they bought well in January and that has really kicked them on.

"One of the key things we need to do is keep the ball well because Wigan have players who can hurt you if you keep giving the ball back to them.

"I thought we did that very well against Bury and in large parts of the Rochdale game, so we have to find a way to do that.

"We will work on areas where we feel we can hurt them and try and stop areas where they could hurt us, but we have to make sure we keep the ball better than them."

The Rovers manager believes the club can pull off a great escape if victory can be achieved against Wigan.

"I remain positive, I'm a positive person," Ferguson said.

"A lot of people will think we are down and out and looking at the league table maybe quite rightly.

"I can't think that way though, I can only think what the best case scenario could be and that would be winning the game on Saturday.

"That would give the players a tremendous amount of confidence and belief and having a game straight after it on the Tuesday would be a good thing and all of a sudden you just never know."

There was also good news regarding Norwich loan man Remi Matthews after he was withdrawn during last Saturday's defeat at Bury.

"Remi is fine, he trained on Monday, he actually saved the shot with his eye," added Ferguson.

"It was a good save, but he clearly couldn't continue because of blurred vision, but we always felt he would be okay."



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