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19 December 2016

Rovers manager Darren Ferguson was impressed with the atmosphere inside the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday.

Liam Mandeville’s third-minute free-kick was enough to secure all three points. Ferguson’s team were ready for a battle against Marcus Bignot’s side and did not disappoint the 10,084 people in the stadium.

“It was always going to be a hard fought game, it was scrappy at times but they are the sort of games that I like, it was a deserved victory and a really good performance,” he said.

“In many ways the result and the elements that won the game, we were better than the past two league games where we’ve had really flowing football,  and those games are the games you have to win, you have to scrap and you have to battle. 

“A lot of the time this season we have had to create our own atmosphere in the terms of the way that we play, the tempo that we have to play at but that was on the case, so I am pleased for our fans, they were really good.”

The form of 19-year-old Mandeville has helped Rovers to stretch the gap from fourth place to seven points in recent weeks. 

“It was fantastic execution, I thought he was going to get another in the second half,” added Ferguson.

“It was fitting that was the winning goal. It was a wonderful strike from a player in form.”

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