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Ferguson post Crawley

15 August 2016

Manager pleased to be on the board but stresses the need for 90 minute performance.

Darren Ferguson admitted that he would have to settle for a point after a mixed performance from his side earned a 1-1 draw at home to Crawley Town on Saturday.

Captain James Coppinger struck early in a much improved second half but the hosts couldn’t force a winner.

“You’re never happy with a point at home but the way the game went I suppose I’ll have to be; especially after the first half,” said Ferguson.

“It was a great start to the second half with Copps’ goal, he puts us back in the game and we had opportunities to go and win it but we didn’t.

“Performance-wise the second half was better but the first half was a difficult one to describe, it lacked energy and tempo which is most unlike one of my teams.”

Attention now turns to a Tuesday evening encounter against Cambridge United with Rovers still looking to record their first win of the season amid high expectations.

“The players are giving me a raw deal if they're going to play like that in the first half so we need more of a performance – like it was for the second half – for the full game,” Ferguson continued.

“That’s something that hopefully we get on Tuesday because that will be a tough game against a good team, a very good team so we need to perform better in that and everyone would say that.

“We have to handle the expectations at home, I really think that.

“We go on the positives and it’s a far better second half after what I said to them at half time. We’ve got a first point and we need to obviously improve and we will. I can accept mistakes by players and you have to as a manager but I won’t accept the lack of tempo and energy in the first half.”

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