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DF pre-Barnet

6 October 2016

Gaffer weighs up Bees test at Keepmoat.

Darren Ferguson called for his side to remain strong as they head in to this weekend’s fixture against lowly Barnet as overriding favourites.

Sitting second in the table, Ferguson is adamant that his side won’t undo the reasonable start to the campaign they’ve made, built on a run of five games without defeat at home.

“We’ve got three home games out of four, we’re unbeaten at home and we’ve got to make sure that we’re strong here,” he said.

“It’s all about us, they’re all dangerous games. It’s about consistency, I want improvement, I won’t be satisfied with where we’re at now. 

“I feel we’ve been consistent in the fact that we look like we’re going to score goals – we’ve done so in every game. You’d have to say that we’ve formed a partnership up front in (John) Marquis and (Andy) Williams that looks a handful; it’s a partnership that’s quite consistent.”

Ferguson was buoyed by the return of defenders Mathieu Baudry and Niall Mason to the starting XI in the Checkatrade Trophy tie against Derby County in midweek which gave both players valuable minutes after lengthy injuries.

He said: “I was getting a little bit conscious of the fact that a lot of players were playing a lot of games. You might not think that eleven games is a lot but it is in a short space of team, particularly for those who haven’t don’t it before so I’m glad we’ve got them coming back now.

“I look at my squad now and think that there’s two games in particular where the younger players have done really, really well. Tuesday night was pleasing and watching it back, some of the football we played and the performances – added to that (Paul) Keegan, Baudry and Mason coming back.

“(Craig) Alcock’s not far away – so all of a sudden I’ve got decisions to make. I’ve got decisions to make for Saturday alone.

“I think the ones that are in the team have done really well; I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

“You want competition as a manger, or I do, that’s certainly how I feel. I’m going to get that so it’s good.

“Even though we’ve had injuries, actually the ones that have played have stayed fit so that brings a consistency to it and you can lose that if you start chopping and changing.”

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