FERGIE’S RELIEF AFTER STUTTER
DARREN Ferguson feels there is still room for improvement at tabletopping Doncaster Rovers despite another three points at Stevenage.
The former Posh boss was angry after Rovers nearly chucked away the points despite having led 3-0 at the break.
Rovers surged into a commanding lead with three goals in 13 first-half minutes, before Stevenage pulled two goals back.
And although a Jamie Jones’ own goal made it 4-2, Rowan Liburd hit an 89th-minute goal, before Rovers survived a massive goalmouth scramble in injury time.
Ferguson said: “You have to give credit to Stevenage, they made it very difficult for us.
“These games away from home are the ones where you need to dig in and we dug in well in the end.
“The goal that made it 4-2 was a key moment for us, especially coming so soon after they had made it 3-2.
“We’ve won and that’s the main thing, but there’s got to be improvement.
“There will be changes for Tuesday night and I’m focusing on that before anything else.
“We know our away form has to improve and to get the win here is a good start.”
Stevenage boss Darren Sarll admitted his side paid the price for a slow start.
“We gave ourselves far too much to do and our defending just was not good enough,” Sarlle said.
“You cannot give a team like Doncaster a three-goal start. We were much better in the second half and showed a great spirit.
“We pushed them all the way and could have got back in it at the end, but we paid the price for starting too slow.
“We have always wanted to be a promotion- thinking club. Doncaster are top and show the benchmark. We came into the game with some good results and good organisation. It was not there in the first half.”
The Yorkshiremen hit the front when Butler headed home James Coppinger’s free-kick in the 27th minute.
Liam Mandeville hit his sixth goal in as many games on 34 minutes as Doncaster took a firm grip of the game.
Marko Marosi superbly tipped Charlie Lee’s header onto the post on 36 minutes, before Matty Blair increased the lead further with a 39thminute volley.
Steven Schumacher, Tom Pett and Dean Wells all tested Marosi after the restart as the home side rallied.
And they got their reward when Pett and Fraser Franks scored on 61 and 72 minutes respectively to push Rovers on the back foot and give the home fans something to shout about.
Jones’ own goal a minute later appeared to have ended any hopes of a dramatic finish at Broadhall Way.
But Liburd found the back of the net with a minute to go as visitors Doncaster were left clinging on for the win in stoppage time.
STAR MAN ANDY BUTLER Doncaster HAVE SOME OF THAT: Matty Blair of Doncaster Rovers scores the third goal and celebrates