FERGIE KEEN TO MATCH HIS DAD
DARREN Ferguson is determined to keep the family tradition of winning FA Cup matches going, after his Doncaster side saw off a resilient Stalybridge Celtic in the first round to keep this season’s dream alive.
His father Sir Alex won the famous competition five times as Manchester United manager and although Fergie junior isn't suggesting Rovers can follow a similar path, he insists a run in the competition would be a welcome boost to the club.
Ferguson's troops sealed victory over the National League North outfit thanks to Andy Williams’ double.
He said: “I said to the players, their motivation has to be to get as far as we can.
“If you get to the third round then you hope that you get a winnable game maybe at home.
“So that’s the aim, but today was just a professional job.
“There's a lot of improvements needed but it was a solid performance.
“I said at half-time we needed to take care of the ball and in the second half we kept the ball better.
“As we’ve seen over the weekend, there’ll be some shocks but we just didn't want it to be us today.”
Celtic chief Liam Watson said his side's cause wasn’t helped by conceding so early on.
He said: “It probably settled Doncaster getting a goal early.
“Then in the second half we miss a great chance to equalise and then gift them a goal which is disappointing.
“I think it was so poor in the fact our full-back was so high up.
“Our two full-backs have been at fault for both goals but they're both kids and they will make mistakes, it's just unfortunate that it's been on a big day.
“The fans were brilliant though and they stayed behind us.
“I hope quite a few of them come back for our next home game and keep the support going.”
The gap of 65 places in the football pyramid between the two sides was evident from the start as Rovers took a third minute lead.
Williams carefully picked out the bottom-left corner after incisive work down the wing from Nathan Tyson.
There was a poignant scene in the 26th minute when the home fans staged a minute's applause in honour of long-serving midfielder James Copinger, who had become the club's all-time record appearance maker. Just before the break, Tyson should have done much better than to blast over inside the box.
The closest Celtic came to a goal was just after the re-start but Jack Higgins' point-blank header was kept out by Thorsten Stuckmann.
Williams and sub Keshi Anderson then both wasted good chances for the hosts before the second goal finally arrived on 68 minutes. Williams blasted home his and Rovers' second after Stalybridge failed to clear their lines inside the area.
STAR MAN ANDY WILLIAMS
Doncaster TUG OF WAR: Doncaster's Aaron Taylor-Sinclair tussles with Stalybridge's Steve Tames and Andy Williams is mobbed after scoring Doncaster’s second goal