Fum­ing Fergie as fierce as his dad

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Colin Hen­rys

HIS fa­mous father Sir Alex is renowned for dish­ing out the ‘hairdryer treat­ment’, and Dar­ren Fer­gu­son pulled no punches ei­ther in his as­sess­ment of Don­caster’s stale­mate at Fleet­wood.

Jimmy Ryan hit the bar for the hosts but clear-cut chances were few and far be­tween at High­bury and Fer­gu­son was fu­ri­ous to see his Don­caster side drop their stan­dards.

In a blunt re­view of Rovers’ per­for­mance, Fer­gu­son ad­mit­ted it ranked among the worst his team had pro­duced since he took over.

“It’s nowhere near good enough,” he said.“I’ll be bru­tally hon­est: we weren’t good enough on the ball.

“Stan­dards have slipped, es­pe­cially in pos­ses­sion.

“In the early part of the game we looked a threat.We lost Conor Grant to in­jury but Richard Chap­low came on and played well.

“But as I just said to the play­ers, we can’t drop the stan­dards we’ve set. On the ball, cer­tainly, it’s one of the poor­est away per­for­mances we’ve had.

“Of course when you don’t play well and don’t get beat that is a pos­i­tive, but we’ve got to be bet­ter than that.”

Lyn­den Gooch went clos­est for the vis­i­tors on the half-hour, cut­ting in­side and un­leash­ing a curl­ing shot bound for the top cor­ner un­til Chris Maxwell turned it over one-handed.

Richard Chap­low volleyed just over from the re­sul­tant cor­ner and went close again on 42 min­utes with a fierce low strike.

Paul Kee­gan then shot just wide from a free-kick on 53 min­utes and Maxwell saved from An­drew Wil­liams three min­utes later.

The in­tro­duc­tion of debu­tants Alex Ki­womya and Devante Cole turned the tide Fleet­wood’s way, al­though Ryan came within inches of break­ing the dead­lock for the Cod Army, clat­ter­ing the bar in the 77th minute. It was still rat­tling when An­toni Sarce­vic then stung Thorsten Stuck­mann’s palms, but a win­ner would not ma­te­ri­alise, leav­ing Fleet­wood boss Steven Press­ley to rue what might have been.

“I’m re­ally dis­ap­pointed we didn’t come away with three points,” he said.

“In the first half we were a lit­tle ten­ta­tive but in the se­cond half we played with much bet­ter in­ten­sity.We had a num­ber of re­ally good chances so, all-in-all, we de­served the three points.We’ve now played four games in 2016 and we’re un­beaten, but three of those are draws and at least two of those we should have won.

“But the play­ers are ap­ply­ing them­selves. There’s real de­ter­mi­na­tion in the group and if we keep do­ing those things, I’m pos­i­tive th­ese draws will be­come vic­to­ries.”

STAR MAN AN­TON

I SARCE

VIC Fleetwo

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