Manager making sure Rovers are on their mettle for visit of Steel City side.Darren Ferguson was hoping that his Doncaster Rovers side would ignore distractions when Sheffield United visit on Saturday in what he termed “the biggest home game of the season.”
Rovers return to action after an impromptu Saturday off following the postponement of the game against Scunthorpe which allowed the Scot to see the Blades fall at the hands of Wigan Athletic.
“To be fair they called it (off) quite early, at 12:30 and I’m glad they did because I nipped over to Sheffield United and watched their game,” said Ferguson.
“Wigan were very good, I thought they won fairly comfortably.
“There’s a lot of frustration there at the moment in terms of expectations being massive at that football club but they’ve got some good players, a big squad and it’s going to be a tough, tough game but its one I’m looking forward to.
“We need to concentrate on ourselves and, from the game I watched on Saturday, there was a lot of frustration because they have expectations and the budget wanting to go in to the Championship.
“Can we play on that? No. We’ve got to make sure that we play to the best of our ability as there are key areas where we can hurt them.”
The abandonment of the clash with the Iron – now scheduled for 8th March – has allowed extra time for injured players to recover for the final derby of the season at Keepmoat Stadium and Ferguson stressed how important it is to keep the campaign alive.
“We’ve got to make sure that it doesn’t peter out,” he said.
“We don’t want that for the players and for myself and the staff and most importantly for the fans.
“We’re 11 points off the play offs so it’s unrealistic but we’ve not really mentioned it, we just want to get as many points as we can.
“We’ve got two derbies coming up now and they’re the games that you want to get a result in because it means a lot to the fans – we’ve spoken about that and we’ll speak about it again.
“It’s the biggest home game we’ve got geographically and with regards to the size of the club coming.”
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