FERGUSON NOT A HAPPY MAN

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By John McDougall

DON­CASTER boss Dar­ren Ferguson be­moaned his side’s con­cen­tra­tion lev­els af­ter a late Crewe goal brought Rovers’ win­ning run to a halt.

Ryan Lowe’s header gave the Rail­way­men the lead and though Tommy Rowe’s penalty looked to have shared the spoils, James Jones hit the win­ner with three min­utes left.

And Ferguson, whose side had won their last three league games, drew par­al­lels with their open­ing-day de­feat against Ac­cring­ton.

“It’s not some­thing that ob­vi­ously we plan to do but we have lost too many late goals," he said.

“Why? I put it down to con­cen­tra­tion. When we go to 1-1, we switch off, we’ve stopped con­cen­trat­ing.

“For what­ever rea­son, we get to 1-1 and lose the game. At Ac­cring­ton, we get to 2-2 and lose the game. It’s hap­pen­ing too many times.

“We have been on a good run, we’ll have to go on an­other one now. It’s about win­ning games. We weren’t ruth­less enough, it’s as sim­ple as that.

“I’m not be­ing crit­i­cal of the over­all per­for­mance, which was a good one.”

Crewe took the lead when Chris Dag­nall’s dan­ger­ous right-wing cross on 14 min­utes was met by Lowe for his fourth strike this sea­son.

Jon Guthrie then breathed a sigh of re­lief when he sliced an at­tempted clear­ance of James Cop­pinger’s cross onto the cross­bar.

Rowe should have lev­elled af­ter meet­ing Frazer Richard­son’s 25th-minute cross, but the mid­fielder cut the ball back across goal rather than pulling the trig­ger.

Ben Gar­ratt pre­served Crewe’s lead with a su­perb save on the hour af­ter claw­ing Matty Blair’s header off the line.

Crewe young­ster Ge­orge Cooper pro­duced a sub­lime 63rd-minute curl­ing cross for Dag­nall, whose header was de­nied by Marko Marosi’s light­ning quick re­ac­tion. And the vis­i­tors lev­elled when Lee Probert pointed to the spot for al­leged shirt­pulling by Harry Davis and Rowe coolly slot­ted home the penalty with eight min­utes re­main­ing.

But Crewe hit back when Zoumana Bakayogo’s 87thminute cross was knocked down by Oliver Tur­ton to tee up Jones in the box, and he fired em­phat­i­cally past Marosi.

“For both goals, we’ve en­cour­aged that type of skill and that’s what we’re look­ing for the play­ers to do in the last third,” said Crewe man­ager Steve Davis.

“That’s where they can take chances and show that com­po­sure and show that abil­ity.

“I’m re­ally pleased for Jones for the sec­ond one. We’ve been on about him get­ting in the box and get­ting for­ward and get­ting more goals and he al­most got a sec­ond as well.

“You want the for­wards to look for each other and com­bine. I’m sure Lowey will set Dag­gers up a few

times too.”

PIC­TURES: Si­mon Davies/Pro Sports

THREE POINTER: Crewe mid­fielder James Jones scores the win­ner

GREAT START: Ryan Lowe cel­e­brates his opener

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