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Ferguson pre-Shrews

4 March 2016

Manager makes no bones about task in hand.

Darren Ferguson has laid down the gauntlet to his Doncaster side to win Saturday’s crucial game against Shrewsbury.

Ferguson’s first game in charge of Doncaster was a dramatic 2-1 win against the Shropshire side – earlier in the season – and the South Yorkshire side could notch their first double of the season.

“We’re at a real pivotal stage; as I feel we have been for a while now,” said Ferguson.

“It’s not just crept up on me or anyone I don’t feel.

“I just feel that we’ve lost confidence but it’s just the fine margins which have cost us games but things have to change.

“You can’t overlook what’s staring you straight in the face and for whatever reason - and I can talk and make excuses - I think the talking has got to stop and we’ve got to produce, start winning games and do our job. Saturday is a case; we’ve got to win the game.”

In contrast, however, the Scot was excited by the prospect of loanee Riccardo Calder making his debut in the Shrews clash.

“He can play in a variety of positions and different formations, he’s a midfield player – a strong, powerful quick boy – who can play wide midfield, central or wing back so he clearly ticks a lot of boxes,” said Ferguson.

“I think the attraction to us was whatever formation we decide to play in certain games, he can fit in to most of them.

“I’ve known about him for a while to be fair and there’s a good possibility that we’re hoping to get another one in next week as well.

“There’s players that have not been playing that have to come in to my reckoning because whichever way you wrap it up, something fundamentally is wrong and there has to be a change in certain ways.

“Whether that be a change in formation or personnel but certainly somethings not right at the moment.

“That’s the challenge we’ve got, its something that we’ll embrace, it doesn’t worry me at all, I’m more than prepared for it and the players will have to be as well.”

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