Southend v Doncaster Rovers: Manager Darren Ferguson wants more from his rising stars

Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson. Picture: Tony Johnson
Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson. Picture: Tony Johnson
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DONCASTER ROVERS’ progress since the arrival of Darren Ferguson may be pronounced, but if you think the Scot is thoroughly satisfied, you would be wrong.

Rovers were perilously perched in a worrying 23rd place in League One after Ferguson watched the 1-0 derby loss to Bradford City on October 17 from the Keepmoat Stadium stands, a day after his appointment.

But Ferguson, who officially started work the following day, has rolled up his sleeves impressively since with Rovers heading into today’s game at Southend in a much-healthier 15th spot.

In 12 league matches in charge, Ferguson has presided over six wins and just three losses, not that he is getting carried away.

He said: “It’s been quite a positive start to my career at Doncaster. But being greedy, I’d want at least another three points. But we have got a good group and they understand what we want them to do. They’ve got that character now and believe in what we do.

“I have been pleased, but we want to keep progressing – although I am not going to set targets. We just want consistency in performance and results.

“People from the outside looking in probably felt after losing to Scunthorpe that we might throw a wobble. We answered a few questions at Oldham, but if we get a win at Southend, that will make it a pleasing Christmas.”

Southend were rocked by a heavy 4-0 home defeat to Millwall last time out, with Ferguson demanding a replication of the grit that his side showed in Monday’s 3-1 Roses win at Oldham.

He said: “Southend play a 4-4-2 and are very organised and have an experienced manager and team. Monday was a big defeat for them as they haven’t had one since September there in the league. It will be a tough day and we will have to dig in and match them. But on the evidence of Oldham, we will do that.”