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7 March 2016

Gaffer bemoans loss and says Rovers have to find a way to win.

Darren Ferguson called for a win “no matter what” in the aftermath of a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Shrewsbury.

The sides were separated by a freak goal directly from a Shaun Whalley corner in the second half which the Scot struggled to put his finger on.

“You can imagine what sort of dressing room it is,” said Ferguson.

“We knew how big and important the game was. We had total dominance in the first half and we really had to score in that half I felt.

“I said to them at half time “don’t change anything”, we’d won all the second balls, tackles and the things we needed to do. We looked a threat and had endless corners – we could have probably done better with them.

“In the first ten minutes of the second half the momentum swung because I knew their manager would get in to them – I know him well Micky (Mellon) – and I said to my players to be ready and make sure you keep doing the scrappy bit and of course the goal is an embarrassing goal really.”

Ferguson now takes his side to face local rivals Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park on Tuesday night, looking to avenge defeat against the Iron on Boxing Day.

“We have to find a way of winning a game no matter of what team is picked or what formation is picked; it’s finding a way of winning a game of football and then going again,” said Ferguson.

“At the moment we’re finding it extremely difficult. We can say that we were unlucky and all the rest of it but it doesn’t matter because we have to win.

“I have to remain positive as I’m the manager and I have to make sure they go in to Tuesday night’s game – which will be a battle in a derby against Scunthorpe – and if we can, find a performance for 90 minutes instead of 45.”

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