Fer­gu­son has grand plans for Don­caster

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jon Wal­dron

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

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