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Ferguson post-Blackpool

29 March 2016

Manager's reaction to narrow loss to Tangerines.

Darren Ferguson admitted that Easter could not have gone much worse for his side after Monday’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of relegation rivals Blackpool at Keepmoat Stadium.

Having lost 4-1 to lowly Colchester on Good Friday, an improved performance from Ferguson’s side was not rewarded as Mark Cullen’s deflected strike inflicted late misery on the hosts.

“It’s been the worst Easter we could have hoped for,” bemoaned the Scot.

“We went in to it hoping that we’d get two wins and get out of the bottom four but it’s really cemented our place in the bottom four has the two defeats.

“Its fifteen games without a win now, a horrendous record. There’s been some really poor performances within that and you get to a situation where the performance is a better one – like this – and we’re on the ascendancy, similar to Peterborough, we still didn’t win the game.”

Rovers were unlucky not to open the scoring when loanee Tommy Rowe smacked the crossbar from range, but that was as good as it got for the Yorkshiremen who showed “a lot more” than they did against Colchester.

“When Tommy hits the bar you think “it could be another one of those days”, said Ferguson.

“It bounced down and I don’t think it went over the line but you think, “Will it find one of our players?”

“It was a must win game and we’re in a really difficult situation but we have to keep going, keep finding a way of making sure that we have the aggression we had, for the remaining games and still hope that we can get out of it.

“We were pushing, especially in the second half, but we couldn’t get the goal and that’s been the story of the season.”

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