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Ferguson pre Cheltenham

18 August 2016

Gaffer looking to end the wait for a win on the road.

Darren Ferguson is confident Rovers can build from their most complete performance  of the season as they head to Cheltenham on Saturday.

Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Cambridge was Rovers’ first three-point haul of the campaign, but it followed on from encouraging performances in their initial two outings.

And Ferguson believes the combination of the result and a good display stands his side in good stead as they head to the World Of Smile Stadium, formerly known as Whaddon Road.

He said: “We take confidence out of the performance in the sense that know that if we get to that level, with the tempo and energy, then it gives us the best chance of winning games. There is no question about that.

“We had good belief and stuck to it, and kept going and going until we won the game. If you look back, we could have scored six or seven quite comfortably.

“So we are creating chances, we just need to keep making sure we provide the quality that got us the win.

“You hope that it gives you the confidence to go on a run and get that winning mentality. We’ve got to make sure we pick up as many points as we can until more players come back into the squad.

“We could have won all three League games, but the other night was the  most complete performance.”

Rovers’ bad luck with injuries continued against Cambridge, with Tyler Garratt coming off at half-time due to an ankle injury which will now keep him out for a month.

A scan on Niall Mason’s medial ligament injury has also confirmed he is likely to be out for eight weeks.

Ferguson said: “Whenever these things happen I try to take the positives out of them, and we have a 16-year-old on the bench on Saturday. So it is a good opportunity for him.

“We just get on with it. You pick up injuries, but it is the length that has the biggest impact and we are getting to the stage when we are glad someone’s only out for a month.  We’ve been unfortunate, they are all impact injuries, but we just get on with it the best we can.”

Ferguson knows Cheltenham won’t make it easy for Rovers as they look to record a second successive win.

He added: “They are a very organised team, with an experienced manager. We are going to have to deal with the ball going into our box – there are no grey areas about that – and we are going to have to be patient.

“We have to make sure we work hard, stop the crosses and such like, then have the composure to play our football.”

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