Darren Ferguson is confident Rovers can bounce back following his side’s first defeat in nine league games against Bristol Rovers.
John Marquis grabbed the opener, before goals from Ryan Sweeney, Rory Gaffney and Ellis Harrison saw the Pirates turn the game on its head, but Ferguson believes his team’s performance wasn’t reflected in the result.
“It’s a poor result but I thought some of our play was outstanding and we passed them off the pitch at times, we played the way I wanted us to play and we had so many chances to score,” he said.
“Matty Blair’s miss at 2-1 down is pivotal, but in terms of the way we started the game, we were able to exploit weaknesses in their side and I’m delighted that John was able to get his goal.
“We were on top for the majority of the game, and a lot of the stuff we did was really good, but we’re unlucky to have lost a centre half so early on for the third game in a row.”
Rovers’ defeat did spring up a positive in the sense that Marquis scored his first goal in 12 games, and Ferguson was delighted to see the striker end his drought.
“He’s brave the boy and he was in a position where he couldn’t miss it, it’s a great ball in from Matty Blair and he’s got in between the sticks to score,” he added.
“I think John has shown that he’s a better finisher when he doesn’t have to think about it, he’s had a couple he’s missed where he’s been one-on-one, so I was delighted for him because his performances have been so consistent.
“Alfie Beestin was excellent today too so hopefully now we can see to start a partnership forming where not only are they playing well together but scoring goals too.”
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