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Ferguson post-Peterborough

21 March 2016

Gaffer hurting after last minute setback.

Darren Ferguson described Saturday’s last gasp defeat to Peterborough United as “devastating” as Rovers poor run continued.

Despite James Coppinger’s early opener, the hosts were pegged back by an Aaron Williams header before Ricardo Santos poked home a 93rd minute winner which put Rovers in the relegation zone.

“I would have been disappointed if we’d drawn!” Ferguson said.

“In terms of performance in the second half we’ve battered them and we just needed one of our chances to go in – we had two good chances, (Nathan) Tyson in particular.

“We should have had at least two penalties but I suppose everyone would say that’s how it’s going at the moment.

“You lose a game like that with such a bad mistake at the end in a game we should have won. Now’s not the right time for me to be critical of anyone though.

“I would have been disappointed with a draw so to come away with nothing is a devastating result for us.”

Ferguson felt that, despite a ninth home game without a win, an improved performance coinciding with the return of James Coppinger and the introduction of Wolves loanee Tommy Rowe, provided scope for optimism.

“To lose the game in the manner we did is really cruel for the players, and the fans who were good,” said Ferguson.

“They’ve seen a much better performance, they’ve seen a team that was having a right go and I felt for them as well because it’s bad days for them as well at the moment.

“Bringing Tommy Rowe in to the club is a big signing, he’s a good player, he’s come from Wolves and he can play in a variety of positions.

“He’s aggressive, knows the league well, I know him well, he’s got good experience – I was conscious of that - and I think I was lucky to get him.

“The club have really backed me on this one, again. And it was good to get him in because I know what he can bring to the table.”

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