Ferguson has grand plans for Doncaster
DARREN Ferguson is confident there is plenty more to come from his Doncaster Rovers side after chalking up his first home win as their manager.
Goals either side of half-time from debutant Conor Grant and Andy Williams gave Rovers victory over Colchester United at the Keepmoat Stadium.
And Ferguson believes his players have much more to offer.
He said: “I think there’s a lot for the players to work on and there’s still a lot left in the tank with them.
“But they dug in and we could have had three or four on the break.
“I thought the first goal helped us.We started with a little bit of nerves from the players and the passing was a little bit erratic.
“In saying that, Nathan Tyson had a great chance at 00 and we felt that the first goal was always going to be an important one.
“Conor showed a bit of quality for the first goal – that was the case for both goals and the clean sheet was a bonus.”
Jamie Jones denied Tyson early on but Doncaster shot-stopper Thorsten Stuckmann was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the first half.
Stuckmann saved from George Moncur at his near post and then tipped a shot from the midfielder onto a post as the U’s pressed.
The German stopper then foiled Callum Harriott but Doncaster took the lead three minutes before half-time.
Loanee Grant curled in a fine left-footed effort from nearly 25 yards, after good build-up play from skipper James Coppinger.
Stuckmann saved from Harriott early in the second half but Doncaster doubled their lead in the 63rd minute through Williams, who finished clinically following Coppinger’s fine run and pass.
Substitute Curtis Main fired wide for Doncaster late on but by then, the home side were home and dry.
In doing so, they condemned the U’s to a third successive away defeat, leaving boss Tony Humes frustrated.
He said: “We’re really disappointed because we thought that the game was there for the taking.
“We knew it was going to be a difficult day because of what was at stake for Doncaster Rovers and Darren’s first home game in charge.
“We knew that we would have to be right on it and in the first half we probed without creating many clear cut chances.
“But we were in the game at half-time and at 1-0, there wasn’t a lot between the two teams.
“We said about being patient and having discipline but to concede a second goal like that was frustrating.”
STAR MAN JAMES COPPINGER Doncaster