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Ferguson's festive cheer

24 December 2016

Darren Ferguson is happy for the players to have Christmas Day off.

As we move into the busy Christmas period in the footballing calendar, manager Darren Ferguson is adamant that he is not going to change anything from previous seasons. 

He has made it clear to the players that he is more than happy to let them enjoy Christmas Day with their families before regrouping for the trip to Notts County on Boxing Day. 

“It’s something I have done for years and I don’t see it changing,” said Ferguson. 

“I have always given the players Christmas Day off and I feel like the work we put into them leading up to Christmas is intense, they will go home and do a bit themselves but nothing serious. 

“It is an important day for the families and I want the players to spend it with them, a lot more managers are starting to do it and I honestly believe that they should spend it with their families.”

Rovers face a Notts County side who have not won in seven league games, the last time they tasted victory was in October as they disposed of Paul Cook’s Portsmouth, but Ferguson feels Notts have been unlucky in that run. 

“I certainly think they were unlucky to lose against Peterborough 2-0, they had a few chances and hit the crossbar a few times,” he said. 

“Notts County have a manager who I have a lot of respect for in John Sheridan, he had a great career as a player and has now had a great career as a manager. 

“They have a good mix of experience in their team alongside some youth and we will get our players playing in a tempo that suits us.”

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