Fuming Fergie as fierce as his dad
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