Doncaster Rovers: Furious Ferguson blasts players after ‘embarrassing’ Colchester defeat

Darren Ferguson pulled no punches in his assessment of Rovers' "shambolic" defeat

Darren Ferguson pulled no punches in his assessment of Rovers' "shambolic" defeat

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A furious Darren Ferguson admitted he fears for Doncaster Rovers’ survival chances after witnessing their capitulation at fellow strugglers Colchester United.

Rovers led through new signing Gary McSheffrey but conceded four goals in 25 minutes as the game was dramatically turned on its head.

Nathan Tyson and Gary McSheffrey, after their side's defeat to Colchester.

Nathan Tyson and Gary McSheffrey, after their side's defeat to Colchester.

Ferguson laid into his players from the sideline and continued with his comments to the media afterwards.

“I’m absolutely fuming,” he said. “It was an absolute embarrassment.

“That is an absolute nonsense what I’ve seen there.

“No characters, no-one leading. A shambles.

“There is no way I am saying anything else than what I actually think and the truth is, that was an absolute shambles.

“Quite honestly I could play the youth team on Monday and get more out of them than that. I think the fans would probably appreciate it.

“When I see 30 minutes like that, I would have to say I do fear for [League One safety].”

Ferguson admitted he his tired of taking criticism for the manner of Rovers’ recent performances and feels his players are the ones who deserve to be maligned for what they do on the pitch.

He said: “Everyone is going to say you’re the manager, but you know what, sometimes I disagree with that.

“They’ve got to show some character, they’re grown men not kids. Nonsense.

“I take my responsibility but at the moment they are not doing what I want them to do.

“I’ve got to pick a team that is not going to embarrass the football club on Monday afternoon at home to Blackpool.”

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