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24 October 2016

Manager reflects on 4-2 defeat at the hands of Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

Darren Ferguson felt Rovers might have snatched a point at Blackpool despite a disappointing performance.

Rovers trailed 4-1 and  threatened a fightback after Tommy Rowe converted a penalty to make it 4-2, but hopes of claiming a draw were as good as ended when Seasiders keeper Sam Slocombe saved a second spot-kick from the midfielder.

Ferguson said: “I got into them a bit at half-time, but then we conceded two goals in three minutes. We wanted to play behind their two central midfield players, where Rowe and James Coppinger played, but just didn’t do it well enough.

“Then we got back in it with a penalty. We got the second penalty and at that point thought we could get back in it if we scored and give them a really nervous final few minutes, but once he missed it was game over.

“Even if it finished 4-3 we’d think they had a right go. I’d have bet heavily we’d have had once more chance in seven minutes, I really would. You know what it’s like when teams come back and there are some nerves in the ground. But you can’t concede four goals like that.”

Ferguson felt that, despite scoring inside the opening minute, his side never really found a rhythm in the match.

He said: “Scoring so early might have been the worst thing that happened, because after that we didn’t get any flow to our game. 

“It was a bad day for us, to score two goals away from home and still lose the game. We feel we have goals in the team and showed that again, the disappointing thing for me is we didn’t try enough of the things we worked on in the week.”

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