Rowe de­liv­ers as Donny go up

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

DARREN Ferguson says Don­caster Rovers are de­ter­mined to give League One ‘a right go’ next sea­son.

Tommy Rowe hit his 13th goal of the cam­paign as the York­shire­man beat Mans­field Town 1-0 to con­firm pro­mo­tion to League One with five games to spare.

It was a de­served win for Rovers who had been frus­trated by an in­spired dis­play by Mans­field Town shot-stop­per Jake Kean for large parts of the game.

Ferguson said: “The main fo­cus all week was to seal pro­mo­tion in front of our home fans.

“This is the per­fect sce­nario. We have re­ally vivid mem­o­ries of last year and we wanted to win the game and do it in style.

“The play­ers are a very fo­cused bunch and we want to get the ti­tle now. We are de­ter­mined to show that we are the best team in this league.

“I think we are, and we want to prove it. We have some tough games, but I am con­fi­dent we will fin­ish it off.

“There is a big dif­fer­ence to 12 months ago, the at­mos­phere around the club from top to bot­tom is very dif­fer­ent.

“The re­cruit­ment was huge, it is huge in foot­ball and I have got good play­ers in the dress­ing room.

“We will strengthen in the sum­mer and we will give it a right

go next sea­son. We are pleased to have done it in front of our fans, we owed them one.”

The de­feat was Mans­field’s sec­ond in a row to leave them four points off the play-off places.

But the loss left boss Steve Evans an­gry at ref­eree Dean White­stone’s re­fusal to award a late penalty for a push on Al­fie Pot­ter.

Evans said: “It was a good per­for­mance, but we’re dis­ap­pointed the penalty was not given at the end.

“We have seen penal­ties like that given and he was bang on there to see it. “If last week’s is a penalty then this is a penalty, I don’t get why it was not given. “There is no de­bate, it was a clear-cut penalty. “We will con­tinue to be frus­trated by de­ci­sions, the ref­eree was not good for both sides. “He has one big de­ci­sion to take and he got it wrong. We have suf­fered. “We will con­tinue work­ing hard on the train­ing ground on Mon­day. We will keep work­ing hard and noth­ing changes. “Donny de­serve to be pro­moted and they are a won­der­ful team.

“We see the cel­e­bra­tions out there, it is spe­cial for Don­caster, they are a won­der­ful side and let them en­joy it.”

Kean pulled off a good in­stinc­tive save to block John Mar­quis’ header in the sev­enth minute.

But Rovers strug­gled to cre­ate any fur­ther chances in the open­ing 25 min­utes as the res­o­lute Mans­field de­fence stayed strong.

Kean saved well from Tommy Rowe as the Stags some­how man­aged to clear the ball away fol­low­ing a scram­ble in the box on 33 min­utes.

Andy Wil­liams headed over in stop­page time when he should have scored, af­ter pulling away from his marker.

Mal Ben­ning cracked an ef­fort over on 50 min­utes as the Stags hit the home side with a rare counter at­tack.

Kean got down bril­liantly to turn Rowe’s fierce shot be­hind for a cor­ner on 72 min­utes. But there was noth­ing he could do to deny Rowe two min­utes later when he ri­fled Rovers into a de­served lead.

Danny Rose hooked the ball goal­wards only to see Mathieu Baudry bril­liantly clear off the line as Mans­field looked to level.

And Mans­field’s man­age­ment team were fum­ing at ref­eree White­stone af­ter he waved away strong shouts for a late penalty.

CHAM­PAGNE MO­MENT: Don­caster cel­e­brate their pro­mo­tion back to League One

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

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