Doncaster Rovers: Ferguson hails character of team after comeback victory against Notts County

James Coppinger wheels away with Tommy Rowe to celebrate his goal against Notts County. Picture: Matt McLennan
James Coppinger wheels away with Tommy Rowe to celebrate his goal against Notts County. Picture: Matt McLennan

Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson hailed the character of his team after they fought back to beat Notts County and take another giant step towards promotion back to League One.

Richard Duffy put the Magpies ahead but goals from man of the match James Coppinger, Mathieu Baudry and Andy Williams sealed Rovers’ 13th league win on home soil this season.

The victory moved Doncaster six points clear at the top of the table and also 16 clear of fourth place.

Ferguson said: “Two things stood out for me - the character of the team and their belief to keep doing what we do every day in training.

“The character to come from behind against a good team, because Kev’s [Nolan] got them going, was really pleasing.

“We went behind to what was a sloppy goal from a set piece and I could sense a little bit of tension. But we kept passing and probing and I changed the shape to three at the back and for the last 15 minutes of the first half that caused them a big problem.

“I felt we could play through them and outside them. And the three centre halves maintained their pressure on the ball which meant we kept attacking and attacking.

“That helped us really control the game but the players showed great character and that’s always the most important thing.

“We really had to dig in because it was scrap and fight but we also played some good stuff, so credit to the players.

“Things are looking good but we’re not going to get carried away.”