FER­GU­SON IS FUM­ING AT DE­FEAT

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Aaron Paul

DON­CASTER can­not af­ford to stum­ble across the line in their bid for the League Two ti­tle, that’s ac­cord­ing to dis­grun­tled boss Dar­ren Fer­gu­son af­ter they slipped to suc­ces­sive league de­feats for the first time this sea­son at Wy­combe.

The 2-1 loss al­lowed Ply­mouth to cut the deficit at the top to two points with two games re­main­ing as Luke O’Nien scored both goals for the home side.

Al­fie May had scored in be­tween those two for Don­caster but Fer­gu­son ad­mit­ted the Chair­boys were well worth their vic­tory.

He said: “I’m ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed, one with the re­sult, two with the per­for­mance. Wy­combe thor­oughly de­served to win.

“To go 43 games the way we’ve done it has been ex­cel­lent, we’ve had a lot of praise thrown at us, and now we could just end up stum­bling over the line. Ev­ery point is mas­sive for me.

“We have to take mo­men­tum go­ing into next sea­son, it’s the first time we’ve had back-to-back de­feats, that per­for­mance was just miles away.

“In both boxes we were nowhere near good enough, it was a re­ally poor per­for­mance.

“I have to apol­o­gise to the fans. We had great num­bers here and I wouldn’t have been happy if I had watched that.

“We just didn’t look like our­selves, which was very dis­ap­point­ing. Some of the de­ci­sion-mak­ing in the last third wasn’t good enough, but you have to give them credit, they de­served to win.”

For Wy­combe the win keeps their play-off hopes alive with two games to go. They sit one point and two places off the top seven thanks to this win.

Boss Gareth Ainsworth had told his play­ers that their sea­son was on the line and was de­lighted with their re­sponse against the league lead­ers, al­though their pro­mo­tion hopes are still out of their hands.

He said: “It was an enor­mous win. I told the play­ers be­fore the game that this game was their sea­son, you go out, you step up and you make it hap­pen, and they did, ev­ery sin­gle one of them did.

“I was so proud of them. Don­caster are top of the league for a rea­son, their ro­ta­tion in mid­field is some­thing spe­cial. Al­fie May go­ing off with an in­jury was a stroke of luck for us. “I think he was caus­ing all sorts of prob­lems with his run­ning. The vic­tory was sweet, it means we are right back in the hunt. There’s 46 games in this league, and we are still right in it. “It’s awe­some when your play­ers come off and they can’t give any more. “The fans were bril­liant, and it’s ironic be­cause it’s a game no one ex­pects us to win. “It’s that at­mos­phere we need some­times.”

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