Doncaster Rovers conceded their stance at the top of league two to Plymouth Argyle after an almost 5 month stay at the top following a disheartening defeat to Exeter City.
Going into the game Doncaster Rovers knew that should they be victorious and other results go their way then they’d be crowned champions, but nothing went their way on the day, so Plymouth take the top spot going into the final week.
Following the defeat, Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Ferguson had this to say: “Gutted. Bitterly disappointed. We’ve worked so hard to get to this point and in the penultimate game we’ve had worst performance of season.” He said while sitting deflated in his chair.
After the defeat and Plymouth’s victory Ferguson said, “It’s an incredibly disappointed dressing room.”
“We might never get in a position we’ve had – to be champions of a league. Because that’s gone now.”
“Terribly disappointed. To lose the way we have and the manner of goals we conceded.”
“I don’t think Plymouth will be as kind as us.”
“I don’t think Plymouth will do anything but win [next Saturday v Grimsby].”
“I’ll have to get on the phone to Russell Slade and say I’ll get him a big bottle of wine if he does us a favour.”
In regards to momentum for next season this is what the Scots-man had to say, “The momentum will be gathered for next season by the players I bring in and the players I keep. We’re well ahead of the game on that [transfers], some players signing new contracts.”
Looking from the opposition’s perspective, Exeter manager, Paul Tisdale had this to say following their victory to secure their place in the playoffs, “In at half time – all square – we were more than happy with that.
“We got in front , we kept our possessional play really disciplined.”
Andy Butler expressed his views following the defeat, “Disappointment with both result and performance.”
“We’ve gotta put a positive spin on it. We’ve been promoted. First time of asking. Teams have come in this division and struggled getting out of it – we’ve come back.”
When asked where he thought it went wrong for Rovers he had this to say, “They’re a good counter-attacking side, I thought we played into their hands a little bit. We didn’t keep the ball as well as we usually do.”
Doncaster Rovers only have one game remaining to challenge Plymouth to the league two title, and that comes against relegation threatened, Hartlepool United. Live on TV too!