Doncaster Rovers: Darren Ferguson explains choice to sit in dugout in second half of Walsall defeat

Darren Ferguson
Darren Ferguson

However Doncaster Rovers are performing, boss Darren Ferguson is typically stood on the sidelines bellowing instructions and giving instructions to his team.

But after Rovers went 2-0 down to Walsall in a four minute horror show, Ferguson sat in his dugout for the final 30 minutes and was barely seen again.

Rovers slipped to a horrendous 3-0 defeat which Ferguson labelled 'the worst performance of the season.'
His lack of visible presence as Rovers chased the game raised a few eyebrows and he was asked to explain it afterwards.

"I'd been shouting and bawling and trying to inject energy into them that I felt I needed to," Ferguson said.

"I felt at that point it wasn't working, so I sat down."

Ferguson opted to make two changes from the midweek win over Portsmouth.

He explained he had given Matty Blair a break away from the club to deal with the difficulties he has experienced in his personal life this year.

And Ferguson also recalled John Marquis following suspension to replace Rodney Kongolo, in a switch from a 3-4-3 to a 3-4-1-2 system.

Despite the fine performance against Portsmouth, the Rovers boss insisted he had no problem making the changes.

"I didn't feel it was difficult," he said.

"Rodney had played three games in a week and it was more about the physical side of it.

"Towards the end of the Portsmouth game he looked tired and he said that when I spoke to him.

"It was hard for him. He'd played for Holland as well and he'd played almost all of the Charlton game.

"That was the decision there.

"John, I felt we had to get him back up front and play the normal way we do with two strikers.

"But certainly, in that area, Walsall's two centre halves completely bossed us today.

"They won everything, every header, every second ball.

"It was a hard one with James Coppinger because, particularly at home, I feel he's really effective for us.

"But particularly with Liam scoring, as we've seen before he can go on a wee run and get some goals.

"But he never really had half a chance.

"You go with making decisions, sometimes you get them right, sometimes you're wrong.

"That will really depend on how the players play."

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