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Ferguson hails battling Rovers

21 January 2018

Darren Ferguson felt his side’s battling second-half performance at Shrewsbury Town meant they deserved the point

Mat Sadler and Carlton Morris put the Shrews 2-0 up, but goals from Mathieu Baudry and Issam Ben Khemis saw Rovers claim a draw at Montgomery Waters Meadow. 

“Credit goes to my players because we haven’t lost and in the second half we played just like we knew we could, we matched up to them and started winning everything, the first half we didn’t do any of that and that was the problem,” Ferguson said.
“I thought John Marquis was outstanding, and what a performance he gave out their today, and in the second half we got on top, Alfie Beestin coming on stretched them and gave us something extra, and in the second half we played more like us.
“Tommy Rowe went to left back, Niall Mason went to right back and Matty Blair gave us that energy in the middle of the park and that shows what good quality we have, but we have to remember we are in League One and we have to do the basics right first.”
Rovers now face a midweek derby against Scunthorpe United on Tuesday, and Ferguson is hopeful that his side can maintain their current momentum.
“If we can get to the standards we showed in the second half then there’s no reason why we can’t go on and get the results in this league, we go into Tuesday’s game with great motivation,” he said.
“We have to win the battle on Tuesday, that’s what it’ll be at times, but we have to have the composure to play the football we want to play, and a win in midweek can take us 10th, but were taking it a game at a time.
“It’s a derby so it’ll be tough, three points on Tuesday would be massive but were finding a way not to lose games and that’s a good habit to have, we’re in a good place right now.”



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