FERGIE: DONNY MUST BELIEVE
DARREN Ferguson wants Doncaster to take the belief from beating Blackburn into the rest of their League One campaign after taking advantage of Rovers’ defensive mishaps.
John Marquis handed Donny the advantage before James Coppinger’s penalty and Alfie May’s strike sealed the win, with Blackburn’s Dominic Samuel heading in a late consolation.
And Ferguson was pleased to see maturity in his side after their promotion last season as they maintained their unbeaten start.
“Ten, 11, 12 games into the season tells a better picture, but the players must take belief out of that game when they’ve come and won at a team that I feel is the best in the league,” he said.
“It was a good day for us. We’ve just got to make sure we’re consistent to hopefully get that level of performance and consistently, then we could have a good season.
“I know they made mistakes but you’ve still got to punish them and all three finishes are good and we could have had more really.
“The word for me is a real maturity around the team.”
After a first half of few chances, Elliott Ward failed to control a pass back to let Doncaster’s Marquis in who slotted coolly past David Raya within a minute of the restart.
Blackburn’s day got worse when Charlie Mulgrew brought down Coppinger in the box and referee David Webb pointed to the spot, with the Donny man slotting home the resulting penalty.
Tommy Rowe nearly added a third on 69 minutes with a powerful low drive which forced Raya into a fingertip save as Doncaster searched for a third.
Blackburn substitute Ben Gladwin nearly halved the deficit with a sublime curling 71st minute effort which Ian Lawlor palmed wide.
But Raya’s poor headed clearance eight minutes from the end fell short to May who buried the gift into an empty net.
Blackburn grabbed a consolation when Ryan Nyambe’s cross three minutes before fulltime was nodded home by substitute Samuel.
And Rovers boss Tony Mowbray was left lamenting his side’s display after a second consecutive League One loss.
“It’s disappointing, it’s frustrating, it was self inflicted, it’s football – these days come along. You have to put them behind you, you have to move on,” he said.
“We’ve got every confidence in the team that we’re going to have a lot of quality and a lot of good days this season.
“We just have to understand in this league what it takes to win games.
“Teams are going to be set up against you to stop your talented players making a difference.
“You to keep going, you have to find a way to ask questions of them. You have to be really solid defensively which we weren’t today of course.”
BLACKBURN (3-5-2): Raya 4, Nyambe 6, Mulgrew 5, Ward 4, Caddis 5 (Dack 57 6), Smallwood 6, Evans 6, Whittingham 5 (Samuel 56 7), Williams 6 (Gladwin 65 7), Bennett 6, Graham 5. Subs not used: Leutwiler, Feeney, Chapman, Doyle
DONCASTER (4-1-2-1-2): Lawlor 7, Mason 6, Wright 7, Butler 7, Andrew 6, Whiteman 7, Blair 7, Rowe 8, Coppinger 8 (Kongolo 83 5), Marquis 7, Mandeville 6 (May 62 7). Subs not used: Marosi, Alcock, Williams, Garratt, Ben Khemis
STAR MAN JAMES COPPINGER Doncaster JOY: Alfie May celebrates his goal INSET: James Coppinger slots his penalty down the middle