Fergie not sweat­ing on Donny dry spell

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Stephen Thirkill

DAR­REN Fer­gu­son is con­fi­dent Don­caster Rovers will es­cape rel­e­ga­tion de­spite their des­per­ate slump down the ta­ble.

Rovers were beaten in a crunch clash at home to Shrews­bury af­ter Thorsten Stuck­mann’s goal­keep­ing blun­der handed Shaun Whal­ley a win­ner.

The de­feat leaves Fer­gu­son’s men with no wins in nine at­tempts and just two points above the League One trap­door.

“If we win on Tues­day we’re five points clear of Black­pool. I’m not go­ing to crit­i­cise my play­ers be­cause they’re giv­ing it a good go,” he said.

“There are no ex­cuses, the run is hor­rific, but we’ll get enough from the re­main­ing 12 games to stay in the divi­sion for next sea­son.

“This was a huge game for us.We were good in the first half, but mo­men­tum shifted in the se­cond half.

“The goal was aw­ful to con­cede. The goal­keeper has shouted ‘leave it’ and it’s gone in the net.

“We have to find a way of dig­ging out a re­sult and putting a 90-minute dis­play to­gether.”

Shrews­bury boss Micky Mel­lon praised his side’s back four for the valiant de­fend­ing which laid the plat­form for Town’s third win in five.

He said:“The back four were su­perb and were a big rea­son why we went in level at the break.

“They won the con­tacts and blocks they needed and we are de­lighted with their per­for­mance.We

did not have enough con­trol of the game in the first half, which was a con­cern. We had a chat about it at the break and were much bet­ter in the se­cond half.

“I wanted the play­ers to an­swer the ques­tions that were put in front of them and they have done that. This is a vi­tal three points for us and it is nice to get an­other clean sheet.”

Mitchell Lund headed over for Rovers on nine min­utes be­fore the ref­eree waved away penalty ap­peals af­ter Conor Grant’s cross was charged down.

Abu Ogogo bravely blocked Luke McCul­lough’s piledriver, be­fore Jayson Leutwiler palmed away an­other thump­ing strike from McCul­lough on 29 min­utes.

Andy Man­gan tested Stuck­mann with a 39th-minute header, be­fore Do­minic Smith nod­ded over just af­ter the restart as the Shrews fi­nally got into their stride.

Rovers nearly broke the dead­lock on 56 min­utes when Andy But­ler’s pow­er­ful header was cleared off the line by Ian Black. It proved to be a vi­tal block when Whal­ley scored di­rect from a cor­ner to give Shrews­bury the lead six min­utes later. And Andy Wil­liams some­how headed Grant’s cor­ner over from three yards out be­fore Leutwiler su­perbly palmed away Cameron Ste­wart’s free-kick in stop­page time.

STAR MAN JU­NIOR BROWN Shrews

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