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

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


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