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3 January 2017

Darren Ferguson felt his Rovers side thoroughly deserved the win against Stevenage,

Tommy Rowe’s 83rd-minute strike was enough to seal a win which ended some stubborn resistance from the visitors.

Ferguson said he always expected his side to come up with a moment of quality to win the match.

“There was a determination to keep doing what we were doing and eventually that bit of quality paid off so credit to the players for that,” said Ferguson.

“Tommy’s come into the box from that wide area, he’s hit it across the keeper which is always the best thing to do in those situations. 

“They were resilient in the way they defended, we believed we’d get the winner and just kept doing what we wanted to do.

“I had a good feeling going into the game, the players' concentration in the pr' match meeting and on the training ground was outstanding having played a game just 24 hours earlier, so that was very professional and I was very pleased.”

Rovers announced the return of Everton midfielder Conor Grant before the game, as he signed on loan to the end of the season, and he went straight into the starting line-up. The manager was delighted to get his man.

“It’s a fantastic signing for the club, the board have backed me and we really went after Conor. He’s a championship player and we’re really fortunate to get him,” added Ferguson.

“I had no hesitation in playing him today as I know he’s a good player. He slotted in well and he’s played in the same system when he was here last season.”

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