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Boss lauds Rovers' character

2 January 2018

Manager Darren Ferguson praised his side’s character after Ben Whiteman’s 93rd-minute equaliser earned a point against Peterborough United at the ABAX Stadium.

Alfie May found the advancing Whiteman who in turn prodded the ball home, and Ferguson said his players’ belief earned them a well-deserved draw.

“It was a real end-to-end game and it was quite open, but I didn’t mind that because I felt that if we were good on the ball that we would cause them problems and my players showed real character,” he said.

“We have had a good festive period and rounded it off with a draw, so that takes us to 10 points from a possible 12, mentally the players have been very good and they were rewarded with a great goal from Whiteman.

“1-0 down going into the last minute of the game I would have taken the draw, and had said to the players at half-time that if they keep believing then anything can happen.”

Rovers managed to keep Sky Bet League One’s top goalscorer at bay, limiting Jack Marriott to a handful of half-chances, and Ferguson revealed Rovers’ pre-match preparation had been aimed at limiting his and Marcus Maddison’s impact on the game.

“We dealt with Marriott fine but I think we dealt with Maddison even better, I wanted to see how Niall Mason did up against him because he is right footed and Maddison is left and I felt Tyler Garratt needed a rest,” he added.

“Marriott and Maddison are two of the best players you are going to get at this level and we did a lot of video work on the pair in the build up to this game, I think we did brilliant to stop them.

“We are full of confidence at the moment, we just need to keep picking up points and we just have to keep going.” 

Rovers look to continue thier five-match unbeaten run when they face Rochdale in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday 6 January, get your tickets for the game via the Club Doncaster Box Office by calling 01302 762576 or heading online to tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk.


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