Bradford City v Doncaster Rovers: Self-belief remains strong for Rovers despite points being hard to come by

Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Ferguson. Picture: Chris Etchells

MANAGER Darren Ferguson feels the accusation that Doncaster Rovers have suffered a hangover in form and results following their disappointing end to last season is an unfair stick with which to beat him and his players.

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Rovers head into this afternoon’s Yorkshire derby at Bradford City on the back of a run of just two victories in their opening 10 league outings with the club having made a slow start to life back in League One.

Sections of supporters have expressed concerns that the run is part of a growing malaise that saw the club end last season with a five-match winless streak, incorporating four losses, with that poor return effectively costing the club the League Two championship.

But Ferguson says wider talk of a perceived lack of a winning mentality is simplistic and feels that comparing performances in League Two to those in the level above is a futile exercise, moreso given changes to Rovers’ squad and the higher standard at League One.

Ferguson said: “That (last season) is not something I would focus on as they are two different things and seasons.

Last season was nothing but a huge success for the football club and how it should be looked upon. While this season, we feel we have been a little bit unfortunate not to get more points.

Doncaster Rovers’ boss Darren Ferguson

“I think it would be wrong to do that. Last season was nothing but a huge success for the football club and that is how it should be looked upon.

“While this season,we feel we have been a little bit unfortunate not to get more points.

“Everyone is quite calm. Obviously, we are aware that results are not as good as we want them to be. But we are still taking a lot of belief out of performances.

“The fans have been great. They have seen, not the results they have wanted to see, but a lot of positive things to take from the season.

“But the thing you are always judged on is results.”

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