Ferguson: Doncaster Rovers must take control against Hartlepool United

Darren Ferguson wants to see his Doncaster Rovers team take control against Hartlepool United today.

Saturday, 19th November 2016, 5:00 am
Doncaster Rovers' manager Darren Ferguson.

The Scot was critical of the performance at Exeter City last weekend - despite Rovers returning to winning ways at St James’ Park.

And he is demanding that his men get more of a foothold in the game against a Pools side who are the second highest scorers away from home in League Two.

“It was an important win last weekend and I would like to think that we’ll get a better performance on Saturday,” said Ferguson. “And one with more control - certainly on the ball in the middle of the pitch in particular.

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“We need to make sure we get control of the game in there more.

“We have to get control of possession and that will have a bearing on the sort of team I’m picking.”

Pools have scored 16 goals in eight away games - a total only bettered by Doncaster.

“I wouldn’t think it will be 0-0,” said Hartlepool boss Craig Hignett.

“I’m hoping we keep a clean sheet, because we have got goals in our side.

“They are a good footballing side, they will have a go at you,” he added on Rovers.

“They will go forward but that will suit us.

“They do score goals but I am looking forward to it because of that.”

Andy Butler took a whack to the spine at Oldham and then came off at half time at Exeter with a stiff neck - but he has trained this week and should be okay to start.

Ferguson must decide whether to start super-sub Liam Mandeville or keep him on the bench. His desire for more control in midfield might see Harry Middleton or Paul Keegan come into contention.