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Ferguson post-Southend

2 January 2016

Manager praises "complete performance" as Rovers sweep aside play-off chasing Shrimpers.

Darren Ferguson lauded his side's 3-0 victory over play-off chasing Southend United as the best performance over the Christmas period.

After Boxing Day defeat at the hands of local rivals Scunthorpe, Rovers followed up Monday's 2-1 win against Oldham Athletic with an emphatic display at Roots Hall.

"It's a great start to the New Year, it was a complete performance on and off the ball," boasted the Scot.

"From the first minute i thought we started the game well, took control of it and it's a really pleasing afternoon.

"We got goals at good times - just before half time through (Andy) Williams again - and then two quick goals in the second half which killed the game."

Ferguson was not only satisfied with his side's points return over the festive spell but the first clean sheet garnered by Doncaster since November.

"I was glad we held on without conceding. We have got clean sheets in us but I couldn’t really praise individuals today as it was a really good team effort," he said.

"Utilising the squad is always going to be important at this stage of the season in terms of getting freshness in to the squad and I was very pleased with them.

"The Christmas period, I set the players a target of nine points, we've got six and when you've lost the first game to come away with six points after two tough away games, that's the most pleasing performance of the lot.

"I'm sure the players will have enjoyed it today as we were really good today."

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