Doncaster Rovers v Hartlepool: Darren Ferguson’s detailed approach key for Rovers

Matty Blair is aiming to add another promotion with Doncaster to his list of achievements.
Matty Blair is aiming to add another promotion with Doncaster to his list of achievements.
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Having tasted promotion on two occasions, Doncaster Rovers winger Matty Blair is a good judge of what is needed for a sustained promotion fight.

The 27-year-old scored the winning goal at Wembley to take York City back into the Football League in 2012.

He then featured for Fleetwood Town as the West Coast outfit rose into League One two years later.

In a career that has featured spells at 11 clubs in eight years, the winger says he has settled quickly into life at the Keepmoat Stadium.

“I am loving it. I have loved every minute since I walked through the door in the summer,” said Blair. “Everybody is smiling, which is so important. It’s a nice place to come, it’s a nice place to be and it’s a nice place to work.”

In Darren Ferguson, Rovers have a manager with similar promotion experience. The 44-year-old has three elevations on his CV although the last came five years ago on his return to Peterborough.

Blair identified the manager’s detailed approach as the reason Rovers have picked up 30 points from 16 matches and lie in League Two’s top three.

The winger added: “He’s the most detailed manager that I have ever worked for. He is one of the best I have worked for as well because of that.

“There’s not that much experience in the squad, but the players themselves are passing down their experience and the gaffer is doing exactly the same.

“It’s a long process. You have to stay at the top of your game for the whole of it. That’s how the title is won or promotion guaranteed.”

Rovers have yet to lose at home this season, a statistic that Blair believes will be on the minds of today’s visitors.

“It puts the fear into Hartlepool’s fans, coaches, players before they get off the bus,” he said.

“We have already got one over them with our home record. It’s a psychological battle and that’s massively important. They are a very good footballing team but so are we. We have to be better than them and we will be.”