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Ferguson: Performance merited more

10 December 2017

Manager Darren Ferguson felt Rovers’ performance at Oxford deserved at least a point, after being stung by a last-gasp strike at the Kassam Stadium.

Josh Ruffels’ 96th-minute winner was the difference between the two sides, but Ferguson believes that it was his team that will be left feeling hard done by.

“The game should be finished by the time they put it into the net, and it’s painful in the dressing room because we want to go out and win, the performance was really good and so that’s a hard one to take,” Ferguson said.

“With 30 seconds to go you want to win it, and the disappointing thing is that we’ve given the ball away cheaply and they’ve been able to break, we’ve been very unfortunate.

“My job is to keep the players positive but its painful for me too, it’s a very sore one to take, it’s a game we shouldn’t have lost and we will have to learn from it, we’re a fit team that want to play with great intensity so its disappointing to lose how we have.”

Ruffels’ late strike came following Ian Lawlor’s penalty save from Jack Payne with little over 10 minutes to play, and Ferguson felt the result was not a true reflection of his side’s performance.

“It was a very good save from the penalty by Ian and he’s done well to keep hold of it as well, apart from that we were totally dominant in the second half and we should’ve been well ahead,” he added.

“I thought the first half was quite cagey and in the second half we gained control and pressed excellently, so I’m really disappointed, especially for the fans and I hope they can see the performance we put on.

“The level of performances recently has been much better, and today I’ve seen a lot of good stuff from my team, we’ve had a lot of good chances and we’re creating plenty so there are plenty of positives to take.”

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