The stalemate kicked off Rovers return back in League One, but Darren Ferguson was pleased with what he saw for the most part.

Liam Mandeville, Matty Blair and Ben Whiteman all hand clear-cut chances to earn three points on the day, but the in-form goalkeeper, Thomas Holy, was adamant he wanted his clean sheet.

Post-match Ferguson reacted to the game by saying it was, “A game we should’ve won.

For the majority of it, very pleased with the performance. [We] played some very good stuff, you know some really good football.” he said.

“It is two points dropped”, the Scotsman felt.

“It wasn’t a case of we didn’t create chances, it wasn’t a case of we didn’t play well, but the most important thing is always the result and unfortunately we just didn’t get the rub of the green and their goalkeepers made three fantastic saves.

It was a game very similar to last season, but we just couldn’t get the goals”, Ferguson said about the performance.

On star players, Ferguson was quick to chose players that stood out to him, “Whiteman was outstanding and then in the middle of the park, the two centre halves [Joe Wright and Andy Butler] did what they needed to do, they headed it, they cleared it and against a couple of decent strikers.

Kongolo’s come on and gives us a different dimension with the runs he wants to make.

I thought Danny Andrew gives us what we missed last season and gives us real quality, he also gives us quality from set-pieces, gives us long throws, he can defend very well so generally he’s been very good for us.”
Ferguson continued to be very positive, “[I’m] very pleased for the players, they didn’t let anyone down today”, before stating, “We’ve gotta be more ruthless when we do get chances and hopefully on another day, we are [more ruthless].”

Noticeable absentees today were new-boy Issam Ben Khemis along with striker Andy Williams. Post-match Ferguson had the following to say about the pair, “Khemis has not got his international clearance yet. That can take up to 10 days – minimum. We’re hopeful we’ll get it done in time for the Blackburn game.

Andy Williams has felt his hamstring against Chesterfield. It was more of I’m not gonna risk it. He would be back I’d say for the Blackpool game.”

Debutant left back, Danny Andrew gave his thoughts post-match too, “I think we thoroughly deserved the win.

We had some great chances but to come away with a clean sheet as a defender, you can’t ask for anymore.” he said.

“It’s a very tough league. We’ll take each game as it comes, but if we keep performing like that, we’ll win more than we lose.

“Disappointed we didn’t get the three points, which I thought we deserved, but then happy we got a point on the board.” Andrew summed up after winning Legends man of the match award.

 

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