Darren Ferguson is firmly focused on Rovers’ points total, as he prepares his side for their second trip to Nottinghamshire in a matter of days.
On the back of a win against Notts County on Boxing Day, which Ferguson described as “one of our better defensive performances”, Rovers travel to Field Mill to face Mansfield on New Year’s Eve.
The “One Call Derby” fixture will see the Scot come up against his fellow countryman and former Rotherham and Leeds boss Steve Evans, and the Rovers manager says it will be a tough test.
He said: “We have to deal with the physical side of things, if it’s a battle we’ll have to roll our sleeves up and get on with it.
“We’ll take a good support and it’s a game I’m really looking forward to. They’ll come at us and try and put balls in the box. We know that at the business end of the pitch when we’re attacking we’ve got the quality to punish them.”
After defender Niall Mason extended his loan with the club until the end of the season, the manager said he has been impressed with the teenager’s attitude.
He said: “He’s done very well, he’s only young and he’s got a lot of improvement in him but he’s got the right attitude.
“We’ve got a very good relationship with Aston Villa, they’re delighted for him to stay here.”
Rovers now face three games over a five day period, with consecutive home games following the trip to face the Stags.
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