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Ferguson pre Cambridge

16 August 2016

Gaffer gives his thought's ahead of U's game saying hosts need a win; however it comes.

Darren Ferguson has asked his team to carry on where they left off when they entertain Cambridge United at Keepmoat Stadium this evening.

The Scot saw his side make hard work of a 1-1 draw with Crawley Town on Saturday but they certainly finished the stronger of the two sides.

“We watched the game back and the second half was much improved, dominant and we should have won,” he said.

“The first half, in particular the first 30 minutes, was not an acceptable performance and one I don’t expect to see too many of – it was very disjointed.

“We’ve got to put it right in the sense that we want a performance for ninety minutes, which is something I expect.”

Ferguson presided over a 3-1 ‘comeback’ win against the U’s in the FA Cup second round last season and it will be the first time Cambridge have visited the Keepmoat Stadium.

“They’re a good team, very hard working, play with good width,” he said.
“They’re not too dissimilar to how they were in the Cup in terms of how they want to play.
“They’ve got energy and threats, but we’ve looked at stuff and worked on it in training.”

Rovers’ injury problems show little sign of improving, however, as defender Niall Mason will miss the next month of the season, Ferguson revealed.

“He will definitely miss the game and will probably be at least a month (out), if not longer,” he said.

“We’ll get a scan on it and look at him, but it’s just the MCL, a knee problem and we’ll speak to Aston Villa about where we go next with it – it’s certainly going to be a period of time.

“It’s a blow because he’s a good lad, a good player and I like the way he goes about his work.”

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