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27 November 2016

Darren Ferguson felt Rovers put on their most complete performance of the season against Leyton Orient.

Rovers had to come from behind after Callum Kennedy’s stunning free-kick, but Jordan Houghton levelled before two Liam Mandeville penalties sealed the three points.

The boss said: “I thought we were good last week against Hartlepool, but we were even better this time.

“In terms of the performance it was very good. We dominated the ball, moved it quickly and always had options. It was a performance from a very confident team.

“I set the players the challenge of winning all games in the month, and we’ve done that – they’ve done very well. We knew three wins out of three would get us to where we wanted to be, and the past two performances have probably been our best of the season.

“In the past two games we’ve maintained our concentration and not let things affect us. So, for instance, Hartlepool equalised and it didn’t make a difference, Orient going ahead didn’t make a difference – we kept doing what we wanted to do. We really focus on maintaining our standards.”

A 100 per cent winning record in November has seen Rovers move on to 36 points from 18 games, hitting the magical two point per game average Ferguson has targeted for automatic promotion.

Rovers have now opened up a five-point gap to fourth-placed Portsmouth and would usurp leaders Carlisle United if they claim victory at Stevenage on Saturday.

Ferguson knows three points next Saturday will only come if his players maintain their high standards.

He added: “It has got around the dressing room that we can go top if we win next week, but it’s all about the points target. We just need to maintain our standards – we know when we do that right we win games.

“They are playing with a lot of confidence, but we know it will be a tough game as Stevenage have gone to Portsmouth and won. There are no easy games, and we know that, the most important thing is us.”

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