Fine start for Fergie down by the sea

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Scott Hunt

DON­CASTER man­ager Dar­ren Fer­gu­son praised the char­ac­ter of his side as they made it four wins in six since he took charge with vic­tory against Black­pool.

First-half goals from Andy Wil­liams and Aaron Tay­lor-Sin­clair se­cured the win for Don­caster which moved them up to 16th in the ta­ble.

De­feat sees Black­pool slip back into the rel­e­ga­tion zone and means they have now lost their last five games in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Fer­gu­son picked out the mind­set of his play­ers as a key fac­tor in their vic­tory.“Their men­tal­ity is the thing that pleases me the most – we de­served to win,” Fer­gu­son said.

“We did the ugly things right and we had to be care­ful as it was wet and slippy. We knew it would be dif­fi­cult and we felt that the first goal would be im­por­tant.

“It was a test of our char­ac­ter be­cause some peo­ple would prob­a­bly think we would have got beat.We have to keep the de­sire to keep win­ning games.The play­ers take a lot of the credit be­cause a new man­ager brings in a new sys­tem.Three clean sheets on the bounce is good too.”

Don­caster took the lead in the fifth minute when Charles Dunne’s weak de­fen­sive header fell to Wil­liams, who curled the ball into the cor­ner for his fourth goal in his last three games.

Nathan Tyson al­most made it two when he volleyed just over from 20 yards af­ter 13 min­utes, spark­ing boos from frus­trated Black­pool fans.

But the Tan­ger­ines came ag­o­nis­ingly close to an equaliser af­ter 17 min­utes when Mark Cullen glanced Jarrett Rivers’ cross inches wide from eight yards.

Don­caster ap­plied re­lent­less pres­sure and it told af­ter 37 min­utes when Tay­lor-Sin­clair tapped home Conor Grant’s cor­ner from two yards to dou­ble the lead.

Grant surged for­ward af­ter 49 min­utes and Dean Ly­ness pro­duced a ter­rific save low to deny the mid­fielder, and he was on hand again to deny Wil­liams af­ter 70 min­utes.

Black­pool boss Neil McDon­ald be­lieves it was his side’s worst home dis­play of the sea­son. “That’s the most dis­ap­pointed I’ve been all sea­son, es­pe­cially with the home form,” said McDon­ald.“I thought we had turned a cor­ner but we were out­played and we didn’t per­form half as well as we could do.

“We are in a frag­ile state I sup­pose. It’s not for lack of try­ing but we’re just not good enough at the mo­ment.

“I’ve al­ways asked for a per­for­mance and the per­for­mance wasn’t very good.

“The fans had ev­ery right to boo.They’ve been com­ing to sup­port the team and they had ev­ery right to shout at the team.”

STAR MAN CONOR GRANT Don­caster

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