DARREN FERGUSON has acknowledged that his Doncaster Rovers side are effectively relegated following this afternoon’s gut-wrenching 3-1 loss at Crewe Alexandra, but insists he is the man to turn the club’s fortunes around.
Rovers took the lead at Gresty Road, thanks to a 28th-minute strike from loanee Tommy Rowe, but that was as good as it got for the South Yorkshiremen, with goals from Callum Ainley, Marcus Haber and Bradden Inman turning the tables to give rock-bottom Crewe their first victory in 16 matches as they seized upon the visitors’ defensive ineptitude.
Rovers players were heckled and booed by some irate fans in the the 861 strong travelling contingent in the final stages of proceedings, with choruses of ‘You’re not fit to wear the shirt’ ringing out towards the end of the game and at the final whistle.’
Ferguson admitted he had no issue with the response of supporters and offered no excuses for Rovers’ hugely disappointing campaign either.
The result leaves Rovers second-from-bottom, three points behind the side one place above the drop zone in Fleetwood, but with a vastly inferior goal difference, with Ferguson’s side as good as down.
On the afternoon’s events, with the kick-off delayed half an hour to allow groundstaff to work on saturated sections of the pitch just under the main stand before the pitch was made playable, Ferguson said: “The feelings are ones of complete disappointment. It’s a terrible day for the football club - to be relegated into League Two.
“It’s been a terrible season...We aren’t making 12 goals up. While it’s still mathematically possible, you kind of know your own fate.
“Today kind of summed up what I feel has been a problem since I have been at the club. We have not been mentally strong enough to cope with things that have gone against us within games and over a period of time.”
On his own future, Ferguson, who is on a rolling deal and has spoken to the club hierarchy who he says are backing his efforts to move the club forward, added: “We have had good discussions and I will be ready for the challenge.
“We have not been good enough. I have got to learn from certain things that have happened this season and ready to go again next season, which I will be. It’s a big challenge.”