Darren Ferguson suffered his first defeat as Doncaster Rovers manager at his former club Peterborough. Four goals past Thorsten Stuckmann means that Graham Westleys’ team takes the three points leaving Ferguson little time to fix today’s mistakes ahead of Rover’s visit to Milwall on Tuesday.
After picking up a knock on Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Shrewsbury, Gary MacKenzie drops out of the starting 11, and in comes Luke McCullough. Also, Keshi Anderson suffered a foot injury in Tuesday nights game – but still managed to score the winning goal – so, he drops out of the squad to be replaced with out of form striker Andy Williams. So, this is how the teams looked…
Doncaster XI: Stuckmann, Lund, Butler, McCullough, Evina, Wellens, Coppinger (c), Chaplow, Stewart, Tyson and Williams.
Doncaster Bench: Marosi, Forrester, N’Guessan, Keegan, Taylor-Sinclair, Middleton, Horsfield.
Peterborough XI: Alnwick, Bostwick, Almeida Santos, Zakuani, Elder, Taylor, J Anderson, Forrester, Oztumer, Washington and Coulibaly.
Peterborough Bench: Henry, Smith, Vassell, Davey, Fox, Angol, Collison.
Well first things first. All you have to do is look at the score line, ‘4-0’ and realize the clear issue with Doncaster’s squad. Defense. In recent games we’ve shown we can score – with the exception of Williams – and we’ve shown we can put pressure on the oppositions defense. But when it comes to our defense we are like a piece of paper. We just get teared apart. When Darren Ferguson first arrived at Doncatser, Gavin Baldwin said that, “There are funds available”, so I will be expecting within the next week that we act quickly, but carefully and bring in roughly two defenders.
Talking of loan defenders we currently have James Horsfield on-loan from Manchester City, and today was his last game at Doncaster – hopefully it stays that way – and he was on the bench. Horsfield didn’t really impress when ever I have seen him play, so I think it’s for the best he returns to Manchester City, and we bring in some fresh defenders to liven up the back four, just like Keshi Anderson did with the attackers.
Also, looking at the first goal we conceded it was much like the one we conceded from Shrewsbury on Tuesday night, because it was a corner kick, which was headed in, so if I was Darren I would defiantly be working on defending set pieces in training, because we can not afford to be letting in goals from set pieces – especially like that – every single match!
Now, onto the attack. Stewart seemed good today in my opinion he took a few chances, and also created some. Tyson played a full 90 minutes, which I think wasn’t the best idea, due to him only coming back from injury, and playing 180 minuets within one week from coming back from his injury. Williams returned alongside him after being dropped in the mid-week 2-1 win over Shrewsbury. This was William’s chance to show Ferguson why he should be picked especially with Anderson being out injured. Williams, from what I can remember was not really in the game, and if Anderson is fit for next Saturday then I would definitely drop Williams, because I agree with Ferguson that he needs to get his mentality sorted out.
So that was Ferguson’s second game in-charge of Rovers and it stands at 1 win, and 1 loss for the Scots man. Next up Doncaster face Milwall on Tuesday 27th October 2015 at 19.45, lets see if he can claim another 3 points before heading back to the Keepmoat to face Colchester on the night of Halloween for Darren Ferguson’s first ever match at the Keepmoat Stadium!
My Man of the Match: Cameron Stewart