Manager Darren Ferguson was delighted with his side’s attitude in Rovers’ 1-0 win over Bury at Gigg Lane in Sky Bet League One.
Ferguson’s men had to wait until the 78th minute to opening the scoring through substitute Ben Whiteman, and the manager felt his side really dug in against the Shakers.
“It was an important victory for us and it was important we showed a reaction after last week, it has been a very long week and I think we thoroughly deserved the win,” said Ferguson.
“We had to dig it out because as the game went I did not want my players to get frustrated, and Ben Whiteman has produced a moment of quality to win the game.
“Against 10 men it was always going to be difficult because the longer the game is level, their fans tend to get going a little bit and it’s not easy, but Ben has produced a bit of quality but we should have scored more.”
Jordan Houghton partnered Rodney Kongolo in the heart of the Rovers midfield, and Ferguson felt Houghton’s control of the game gave Kongolo the license to push forward.
“Jordan Houghton was outstanding, absolutely outstanding, he controlled the whole middle of the field and the tempo of the game and I thought he and Kongolo worked well together,” added Ferguson.
“Jordan holding the ball up gave Kongolo the chance to push on and create something, he certainly has the energy and he’s a little bit tired now but I imagine the lad who was marking him would be even more tired.
“Every game that we come into we aim to win, and this was no different. But what I try and concentrate on is the long-term plan of the club and I believe that during my two years here it has come a long way.”
Rovers return to the Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday October 31 as they face Scunthorpe United in the Checkatrade Trophy. Get your tickets from the Club Doncaster Box Office, call 01302 762576 or go to tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk