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12 September 2016

Gaffer delights in Rovers' ruthless performance.

Darren Ferguson felt Rovers had found their ruthless streak against Morecambe.

Rovers clocked up their biggest win of the season, 5-1, to climb up to fourth and celebrate James Coppinger’s  500th senior appearance for the club in style.

Ferguson said: “It was a good performance and result, we started the game very strongly.

“We had a little lapse going into half-time to allow them back into the game, but we spoke about that at half-time and said ‘look, just keep moving the ball quickly’. It was causing them all sorts of problems.

“The second-half was very good, with some good goals capped off by a great goal by Copps. It was a big day for the boy with 500 games for the club; it was a really top performance. 

“We got him a cake, wore the shirts in the warm-up. We knew how important it was to him, it shows how respected he is and we backed that up with a performance.”

Andy Butler got Rovers off to a great start when he prodded home following a corner with four minutes on the clock.

John Marquis also grabbed a double, with Matty Blair adding a stunning solo goal before Coppinger got a memorable goal to cap off his day of celebration.

The match felt pretty perfect to Rovers fans who were there, especially when Marquis and Andy Williams hoisted Coppinger off the ground in celebration, but Ferguson felt there could have been even more goals.

He added:  “We should have got more goals. As a team we played really well. I wasn’t surprised and have been waiting for that to happen. We were ruthless, really ruthless, and that was the difference from last week.

“We have improved from last week against Crewe, especially in the last third with some good goals. “We look strong enough at the back. You have to say it was a good goal by Cole Stockton. But it was a good day, a good performance.

“I didn’t think the Crewe performance was a poor one, in fact there were many positives to take from it. What I said to the players was to make sure we improve in the final third, we did a lot of work in training on those areas and they have put it right on the matchday which is their job.

“I enjoyed watching them. I thought some of our football was outstanding, and we could have had more than five goals.”

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