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13 April 2017

Darren Ferguson picked up the 2016/17 EFL manager of the season at the end of season awards but insisted it is a team effort.

Forward John Marquis was also among the awards, as he scooped the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Season, beating team-mate James Coppinger and Luton Town striker Danny Hylton. 

Ferguson, however, is not concentrating on celebrating personal achievements and reiterated his desire to secure the league title. 

“It’s always nice to get awards, for me it’s a team effort all the way from the top to the bottom of the club and it is nice when you get recognised,” he said. 

“The most important award for me personally is winning the league title, it has always been our target and hopefully we can finish it off by doing that, all we need is eight points from five games.

“This is a brilliant team, the expectations have been huge and they haven’t changed all season, we all stuck strong together whenever we have had a defeat, they are all traits of a side which has been successful.”

Rovers head to Colchester on Friday looking for revenge for their 4-1 defeat at the Weston Homes Community Stadium last season and Ferguson is going to use that game as motivation.

“I watched their game against Stevenage and they were very good, they are a handful and they have some very good players,” he said.

“I will be reminding the players about the game against Colchester last year, we can reflect back on it and it will be a difficult game no doubt about it but we are going there in a much better frame of mind this season. 

“They have a good mix of youth and experience, they’ve got a good energy about them, so it will be a tough game and the game against us at home and I think we were lucky to get the win actually.”

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