Fer­gu­son: ‘That was com­plete sham­bles’

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Ross Law­son

DARREN Fer­gu­son lam­basted his Don­caster side and called them an “em­bar­rass­ment” af­ter Rovers con­ceded four goals in 25 min­utes as they were thrashed by rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals Colch­ester United.

Gary Mc­Sh­ef­frey had given the visi­tors the lead in the first half, but goals from El­liot Lee and Alex Gil­bey in the space of 61 sec­onds gave the U’s a 3-1 lead head­ing into the last 15 min­utes.

Chris Porter had equalised on the hour mark, while Richard Brind­ley com­pleted the rout in the clos­ing stages, which Fer­gu­son ad­mit­ted could have been more than it was.

“That’s prob­a­bly the worst half an hour I’ve seen,” he said.

“I’m ab­so­lutely fum­ing, that was a com­plete em­bar­rass­ment.

“It’s non­sense what I’ve seen out there.We’ve lost four goals and it could eas­ily have been seven.

“We had no char­ac­ters, no­body lead­ing the side. We com­pletely col­lapsed as a team, it was an ab­so­lute sham­bles.

“I could eas­ily play the youth team against Black­pool on Mon­day, and I think the fans would prob­a­bly ap­pre­ci­ate that. I can’t de­fend that per­for­mance.

“Clearly we are miles short of char­ac­ters.When I see a per­for­mance like that, I have to say I fear for safety. I need to now pick a team that won’t em­bar­rass the football club.”

It was a tenth de­feat in 11 out­ings for Rovers, who now sit two points from safety prior to their next rel­e­ga­tion clash to­mor­row.

This was in spite of a first-half lead, courtesy of new loan sign­ing Mc­Sh­ef­frey slot­ting home from James Cop­pinger’s rak­ing cross-field ball.

But Colch­ester upped their game stun­ningly af­ter the break, with Gavin Massey weav­ing his way into the area be­fore cutting back for Porter to slot home.

Lee, curl­ing in from 22 yards, and Gil­bey scored long-range ef­forts to flip the con­test, while Brind­ley sealed a thump­ing which took the U’s off the bot­tom and eight points from safety.

Man­ager Kevin Keen said:“At half­time, I just re­minded them how good they are, and just got them to do things prop­erly, pass­ing the ball around and play­ing at­tack­ing football.

“This win was for the sup­port­ers.

“The play­ers were amaz­ing at times in that sec­ond half.

“Quite a few lads pro­duced, but Gavin was very, very good, as were those two won­der goals.

“There haven’t been too many days I’ve been able to en­joy at the club, but this is one of them and I hope the fans can too.

“To get to 3-1 with ten min­utes to go was a big mo­ment.

“We’ve got to now make sure we are ready for Coven­try on Tues­day.”

STAR MAN GAVIN MASSE

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