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DF pre-Crewe

2 September 2016

Full steam ahead for gaffer ahead of Railwaymen clash.

Darren Ferguson is looking for Rovers to keep hold of the ball when they head to Crewe on Saturday.

Crewe are famous for their passing style of play, and Ferguson reckons the way to counter that is to try to shield the ball from them as much as possible.

He said: “We’ve got to make sure we look after the ball well because they have threats going forward, and the best way to deal with that is to keep possession.

“They’ve got a bit of experience up front in Chris Dagnall and Ryan Lowe, and Alex Kiwomya out wide who is very quick.

“They play the way Crewe always want to, in terms of playing good football. They’ve done some good business over the summer, and it’ll be a tough game.”

Confidence is high as Rovers head to Crewe on the back of four straight wins – the latest coming on Tuesday night when a young side beat Mansfield 2-0 at the One Call Stadium.

Ferguson added: “We’ve only conceded one goal in four games, and that was an individual error. At Mansfield we went three at the back again and looked pretty solid, and we’re the same with a back four.

“If you could have wished for a perfect scenario for Tuesday, that was the one. There was always a risk when chucking in so many players, but I wasn’t surprised they did well. We just have to keep the momentum going now.”

Defender Frazer Richardson was the only addition to the squad in the week when the transfer deadline shut.

Ferguson has been impressed by the former Leeds and Southampton man’s attitude.

He said: “It works for him and us with a short-term deal that can be extended. He has got good experience, and  played 25 times in the Championship last year.

“He is obviously a little short in terms of match fitness, but you’d hope his experience can get him over the line with that. He is a solid pro who just wants to play, and won’t let us down.”

Richardson’s two-month contract means he will provide cover while Mitchell Lund recovers from the kidney injury which is expected to keep him out for two months.

Ferguson added: “We’ve just got to be careful because of where the injury is. I feel for the boy because he was doing ok, but we have to get on with it.

“We just hope he recovers as quickly as he can, we certainly won’t be rushing him back as it is an internal injury.”

But there was better news on the injury front, with Tyler Garratt, Craig Alcock and Mathieu Baudry all expected to return within the next three weeks.

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