Doncaster Rovers: Darren Ferguson spells out where improvement is needed ahead of Southend clash

Darren Ferguson

Darren Ferguson is adamant Doncaster Rovers are not far away from hitting their stride.

Rovers, who host Southend United on Saturday, have won just two of their opening 11 games back in League One.

The Scot feels his team’s performances have merited more points.

But he accepts they must improve in the final third.

“We’ve just got to keep believing and keep performances to a certain standard,” said Ferguson.

“I feel that we’re not far off.

“Again against Bradford we did a lot of things right but we have to improve at the top end of the pitch.

“For me, watching the videos and the games back, we’ve had too many blanks. There’s reasons for that: the final pass, shot, cross, finish.

“We’ve got to improve. That’s the area we’ve worked on this week mainly.

“I feel we’ve looked fairly solid,” he added.

“We were unhappy with the goals we’ve conceded.

“But if I was to go through the 11 games we’ve lost a couple from set pieces . We need to stop that. We’ve lost four goals from when we’ve gone in front, straight away. We need to stop that.

“We’ve not scored enough goals.

“They’re the main things that we’ve spoken about. We’ve focused on the last bit of the pitch, that’s where we’ve got to improve.”

Last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Bradford City was the sixth time Rovers had failed to score in a league game this term.

Ferguson blamed the goal drought on a combination of not creating enough clear openings and not taking those chances when they come along.

“It’s more about not creating the chance because the final pass has been wrong, or the final cross or the final bit,” said Ferguson.

“There was four opportunities we showed the players from the Bradford game where the final ball is an easy pass to play someone clean in hasn’t happened because it’s just not been good enough, the quality has not been there.

“That’s what we need to improve.

“We have got goals in us. But for me the way I want to play, the way we do play, and the players we’ve got, we’ve not scored enough goals.”

He added: “We’re not winning enough games and we’re not scoring enough goals so it’s my job to identify where, and then work on it and keep practicing with them.

“It’s important me and the staff keep churning away and working on what we think is right, and we’ll never stop doing that.

“But then the players’ responsibility is to make sure they deliver.

“If they can’t get it right, something needs to change and we have to put someone else in that might be able to do it.”

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