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Ferguson: We'll go back to basics

1 October 2017

Darren Ferguson vowed to get back to basics after Rovers’ frustrating loss at Bradford City.

The Rovers manager felt his side performed well in the opening periods of the game and after the break, but that was not enough to stop defeat after conceding twice from headers late in the opening half.


He said: “It’s deja vu, in the first 15 minutes or so we were excellent and really dominated the game but didn’t get a goal. We’re not doing the basics right in both boxes and it’s not good enough - we’d told them we needed to stop the crosses and be disciplined at set-pieces.


“We kept going, but that is a gimme. We keep saying the same things, but a lot of the things the boys did was good, there just wasn’t the end product. The players still have plenty of belief.”


Ferguson made one change to the starting XI, bringing Ben Whiteman back in and resting James Coppinger. He expects to rotate his squad as much as he can for Tuesday’s visit of Sunderland U21 in the Checkatrade Trophy.


He added: “There will be as many changes as I can possibly make in that game, it’s been a tough month with so many games.


“We’ve tried to manage them as best we can in the week between games, we’ve not done too much work on the grass and kept them as fresh as we can.”


Rovers are back in action at the Keepmoat Stadium when they host Sunderland U21 on Tuesday then Southend United on Saturday. Get your tickets now from the Club Doncaster Box Office on 01302 762576 or by going to

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