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Ferguson post Port Vale

27 January 2016

Darren Ferguson said that he didn’t think his side deserved anything from a 2-1 loss at home to Port Vale on Tuesday evening

Despite a late mini-rally in which Cedric Evina scored his first ever Rovers goal, the hosts had left themselves too much to do as the visitors completed a league double.

“We got our usual late goal at home but I don’t think we honestly deserved anything from the game,” said Ferguson.

“I think we tried to force the game when it went to 1-0 rather than play how we wanted to. We tried too many spectacular passes and it didn’t come off.

“We spoke about that at half time and started the (second) half really well but then concede a sloppy goal and that makes it difficult for you.”

Rovers, who lost goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann to a shoulder injury during the game, have now gone three games without winning at home and Ferguson admitted that it was proving to be an Achilles heel.

“It’s given us a problem the games at home, we keep conceding early goals and I think tonight eventually told,” he said.

“Even everyone around the ground there wasn’t the belief when it went to 2-0 like there has been in the past because I think it just does catch up with you and you cant keep conceding early goals at home and its happened to many times. On and off the ball we were nowhere good enough.

“He (Stuckmann) has got an x-ray on his shoulder; the extent of which we don’t know but I thought Marko (Marosi) did alright. I thought he closed the ball down well for the second goal and it wasn’t his fault. The ricochet has gone to them and it’s gone in.

“He’s totally different from ‘Stucky’, he’s more mobile, and doesn’t have the height or the experience but we’ll look at the situation and see what it is with the big man before we make a decision on that.”

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