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5 September 2016

Gaffer says Rovers not ruthless enough and must go on a run again.

Darren Ferguson cursed Rovers’ misfortune as they came away from the Alexandra Stadium without the point they coveted – and deserved.

Despite levelling late on through Tommy Rowe’s second goal of the campaign, there was still time for Crewe’s James Jones to nick three points at the death.

“It’s a disappointing result on the day,” Ferguson bemoaned. 

“It’s not something obviously that we plan to do but we have lost too many late goals. Why? I put it down to concentration. 

“When we go to 1-1 we switch off, stop concentrating and we’ve not stopped the ball going in the box.

“The deflections and things like that – the goalkeeper’s made an incredible save – you’re then thinking it’s going to be one of those days as we kept peppering their goal. 

“In the first half we had two across the box - and how we haven’t scored – but then we get a bit of luck, I haven’t seen whether it’s a penalty or not but the referee’s given it and then Rowey (Tommy Rowe) puts it away well and it goes to 1-1 but for whatever reason, we get to 1-1 and lose the game and its happening too many times. 

“When you let people put the ball in the box, first goal in the box, second goal in the box that’s where the danger is.”

Attention now turns to another away game – on Saturday – at Morecambe where Ferguson immediately called for ruthlessness and his side to resurrect their positive opening to the season.

“We’ve been on a good run and we’ll have to go on another one now,” he said.

“We need to make sure we get the right result in our next game at Morecambe. It’s about winning games, we weren’t ruthless enough; it’s as simple as that. 

“We had 31 crosses in to the box in 90 minutes of football. We had 22 efforts on goal, we weren’t ruthless enough. I’m not being critical, the overall performance was a good one but it’s about who scores more goals on the Saturday and they (Crewe) have.”

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