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Ferguson wants Rovers to get back to basics

14 February 2018

Manager Darren Ferguson wants Rovers to get back to basics after suffering a 4-2 defeat to Walsall at the Banks’s Stadium.

A goal a piece from Tommy Rowe and Niall Mason could not complete a Rovers comeback, and Ferguson says he has been impressed with the way his side have battled back in recent weeks.

“I have been happy in recent weeks because we have battled back from losing positions, we have managed to compete and scrap points and I’ve been pleased with that,” he said.

“Our priorities now are to get back to basics, my players have done that over time, and we need to get back to winning ways as quick as possible.

“We need to compete, win second balls and you have to run more than the opposition, and as soon as you do that we will start winning games again.

Ferguson praised the influence that midfielder James Coppinger had when he came off the bench in the second-half to replace Rodney Kongolo, but says Rovers cannot keep relying on the 37-year-old.

“James Coppinger cannot play every game, he has played six on the bounce now and that is too many for him, I am a big fan of James,” he added.

“I only wish I could have had him earlier in his career and I have said that many of times, I am fortunate to have had him over a certain amount of time.

“We cannot keep relying on Coppinger because he cannot play until he is 50, he came on and did things that you would expect Coppinger to do, but I had to give him a rest.”

Tickets for Rovers’ next home game against Fleetwood Town on Saturday February 17 are still available via the Club Doncaster Box Office. Get yours now either by visiting in-store at the Keepmoat Stadium, by calling on 01302 762576, or online

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