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Ferguson pre-Colchester

24 March 2016

Gaffer not shying away from critical weekend.

Darren Ferguson could not stress enough the importance of the Easter weekend fixtures as Rovers face two teams within their League One table vicinity.

Good Friday pits Rovers at bottom side Colchester United, while Bank Holiday Monday sees the Yorkshire side host Blackpool; both of whom Ferguson’s side defeated 2-0 in the respective reverse fixtures.

“The weekend is massive in terms of when you come out of Easter Monday you only have seven games left and you’re playing teams around us so it’s a big weekend,” he asserted.

“We said that there’s going to be a certain points total and I don’t think I’ve changed my mind on that; it could be less, it could be more but certainly on the statistics of the last five years.

“We have to break the cycle, that’s an obvious statement and if we break it on Friday you’re going in to a home game against a team around you on the Monday with a lot more confidence so it’s a vital weekend, there’s no getting away from that, there’s no point in hiding away from that.

“It’s vital in terms of how this season is going to pan out.”

Ferguson was speaking after bolstering his ranks with Scunthorpe attacker Gary McSheffrey; his ninth signing since becoming Rovers manager in October.

“He’s got a lot of experience, knows the league very well,” Ferguson said of the 33 year old.

“Has real quality in the last third of the pitch and he’s been on the radar for a little bit.

“It was proving difficult, they wouldn’t let him go out on loan and now they’ve decided to.

“He’s trained today with the players and was good. He’s been in similar positions himself in terms of being in a relegation fight so he gives us vast experience, can play in a variety of positions and gives us real quality in the final third.”

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