Doncaster Rovers: Darren Ferguson relieved after Marquis atones

RELIEF was the over-riding emotion for Darren Ferguson after Doncaster Rovers sealed their first win of the season against Cambridge.

Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Ferguson

You could forgive the Rovers chief for being slightly jittery when the fourth official held up a board declaring 13 minutes of stoppage time.

It was due to female assistant Helen Byrne going off ill and a replacement having to be plucked from the crowd.

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Despite that distraction, dogged defending from Rovers ensured John Marquis’s second-half header proved the difference - handing Donny just their fourth win in what has been a miserable 2016.

Ferguson admitted that nerves got to him during that large chunk of extra-time.

“I was a little bit nervous at the end,” quipped the relieved Scot.

“What we said at half time was that we just needed a bit more quality and the quality of the goal was outstanding.

“It was a great cross and a great finish, and a goal worthy of winning any game.

“At half-time I just told them to keep plugging away, add a bit more quality and keep the concentration.

“We should’ve won by more than one but I’ll take that.”

Marquis atoned for an early penalty miss by heading home a precise Matty Blair cross but Ferguson understands the need to rectify their troubles from spot-kicks.

Marquis’s miss followed another spot-kick blemish from Andy Williams on the opening day at Accrington Stanley.

He added: “We need to start scoring penalties - that is a problem.”

“But it didn’t knock us and I don’t think it affected us at all.”