Rovers analysis: Here comes the hard part for Darren Ferguson - cracking the code for consistency

Darren Ferguson
Darren Ferguson

This weekend Darren Ferguson is aiming to boldly go where Doncaster Rovers have rarely (recently) gone before.

That’s to a place where Rovers record three successive wins.

And ‘boldly’ is the operative word.

Three wins from five games represents a very encouraging start for Doncaster’s new boss.

Ferguson has very quickly stopped the rot, imposed a new attack-minded team shape and injected some much-needed confidence into a squad that were woefully underperforming.

All of a sudden things look a bit rosier.

But, as he prepares his team for tomorrow’s trip to Blackpool, the Scot won’t be kidding himself about the scale of the job ahead of him.

And that is because the concept of consistency in performance, and also the ability to go on a sustained unbeaten run, have almost became alien to Rovers in recent seasons.

In the Championship under Paul Dickov Rovers won back-to-back league games once. The longest they went without a defeat was four games.

Following relegation those stats were expected to improve last term but the progress was underwhelming.

Doncaster twice managed to go five games unbeaten, in all competitions, during a productive winter that saw expectations start to rise.

They won three successive games in February to break into the top six.

However, that purple patch aside, they won back-to-back League One games on just one other occasion all season.

To put that into context, when Rovers won the League One title in 2012/13 they won back-to-back league games four times, won three-in-a-row twice, and four-in-a-row once. Over the course of that season they also went on seven-game, six-game, five-game and four-game unbeaten runs, in all competitions.

That title-winning team knew not just how to win games but how not to lose them.

Shaking off a culture of inconsistency therefore remains Ferguson’s biggest task, but another positive result at Blackpool would represent another step in the right direction.