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13 October 2016

Gaffer weighs up 12 month tenure at Keepmoat Stadium.

Darren Ferguson is looking to cap an “eventful” first year in charge of Doncaster Rovers with a win over Colchester United at Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday.

A Rovers triumph would be the first time the club have gone ten successive games unbeaten at Keepmoat Stadium but the Scot fears any attempt at that feat will be without talismanic striker Andy Williams.

“He’s had a scan and we’ll definitely have those results by tomorrow (Friday) morning and we’ll go from there that will tell us everything we need to know.

“I’m not overly optimistic with it I have to be honest, I think it might be a bad one but we’ll wait and see.

“I think Liam Mandeville did well, he did fine, and he set up the second goal, caused Barnet problems and has got good feet and good skill. You can certainly see that he feels he’s a part of it a lot more this season, he has the belief. 

“He probably thinks in the back of his mind that he’ll get a run in the team if Andy’s out for a while. John (Marquis) will come back in.

Ferguson reflected on a fluctuating year in charge in South Yorkshire which has seen it’s fair share of good and bad times but indicated that the club is heading in the right direction.

He said: “It’s been eventful – a little bit more eventful than I wished for! 

“The obvious negative was the three month period that in the end got us relegated. How we just couldn’t get out of that was a real hard situation to deal with but the rest of the time has been really good. 

“Even in that time, I loved it, its gone quick, I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s been a good year, I’ve learned a lot in difficult situations. It’s a really good football club, I hope we get it right, get out the league and start again if you like.

“Maybe the fans don’t want to hear it but maybe they understand it as well, sometimes you have to go a step back to go two steps forward and certainly we feel that if we’re successful in what we want to do this season then that will be the case. 

“I think for everyone it was of a wake up call to be honest, we needed to start again here and I’m fortunate here in that I’ve got people who believe in what I’m doing – the owners – and I’ve always said that all along, it’s a good club and I hope I get it right because it’s got great potential.”

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