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Ferguson rues late leveller

17 December 2017

Manager Darren Ferguson was disappointed after Rovers’ 1-1 draw at home to Oldham Athletic in Sky Bet League One.

Eoin Doyle’s 88th-minute leveller cancelled out Andy Butler’s header to snatch a point for the Latics, and Ferguson was left to rue yet another late goal costing his side points.

“It’s a disappointing result and we’ve lost two points at the death, we haven’t had the rub of the green and that happens in football, my centre half slips and there’s nothing we can do about that,” he said.

“We lost some composure, but we should’ve won that, we just have to keep the ball better and you never think the game is done when you’re 1-0 with not long to go, but I’m not going to be critical because it was a very good performance.

“I thought we didn’t start great but then we gained control, they play very expansive football and we dealt with them well and we deserved to win the game.”

Rovers now face four games in nine days over the festive period, starting with a trip to Bristol Rovers next weekend, and Ferguson is keen for his side to gain momentum going into 2018.

“We crack on and the performances, especially at home, have been strong, but Bristol isn’t an easy place to go because it’s a heavy pitch to play on and they’re in a bit of form as of late, but we’re due a bit of luck,” he added.

“There were a lot of positives to take out of that, Alfie May’s come in and given us a good hour, Alfie Beestin has done very well and John Marquis has been a handful as well so we can take that into next week.

“We’re coming up to a pivotal part of the season, the home form is always going to be key and we’ll have players back, but I think it is important for us to go into the New Year with a lot of confidence.”

Rovers return to the Keepmoat Stadium to face Northampton Town on Boxing Day, you can purchase tickets from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at

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