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No Time To Dwell

10 August 2016

Rovers gaffer focussed on home improvements after Forest finish with a flourish.

Conceding a goal in injury time for the second game running was not something that manager Darren Ferguson wanted to mull over for too long after Rovers were edged out of the EFL Cup First Round by Championship side Nottingham Forest.

Jamie Ward’s 91st minute strike sent the visitors through just three days after the hosts had lost to Accrington Stanley in similar circumstances.

“It was another last minute goal and I don’t want that to be too much of a problem, obviously,” said Ferguson after the game.

“I thought we were unlucky not to get a free kick (in the build up). There was actually two free kicks. It’s not really (worth asking). I kept my counsel and shook the players hands after the game and what I said was they did well and what I asked of them but we cant get too downhearted about the fact that we’ve lost in the last minute.

“We’ve got to take a lot of the stuff that we did plus you’d like to think that we’d have more control of possession on Saturday and keep improving as a team, that’s important. We’ve got some good players and we’ve got to keep believing in what we’re doing.”

Ferguson remained upbeat despite the loss, having got the desired performance from his men ahead of a home game with Crawley Town at the weekend.

“Two games in and we’ve had two defeats and that’s not great but I know I’ve got a good committed bunch of lads and lads that want to learn,” he said. 

“We’ve got a good balance of experience and youth;  I think we’ve got some really good young players at the club who can cope at the moment.

“We have to take the stuff we did well in to Saturday’s game and get three points there.”

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