Doncaster Rovers: Darren Ferguson explains why he has started the last two games with a flat 4-4-2

Darren Ferguson, pictured during last weekend's 4-1 win over Southen United.
Darren Ferguson, pictured during last weekend's 4-1 win over Southen United.

Darren Ferguson has revealed his thought process behind starting the last two games with a flat 4-4-2.

Ferguson favours a 4-4-2 diamond or 3-5-2 but switched to the more traditional set-up for the games with Bradford City and Southend United after the last gasp defeat to Shrewsbury Town.

Rovers, who travel to Charlton Athletic this weekend, did however revert to a diamond after half an hour against the Shrimpers.

“I felt that the Shrewsbury game was too open and I didn’t like the feel of it,” said Ferguson.

“I don’t play the formation often and I never really have, but the way I want to play it does work.

“It’s very similar to a diamond if you look at the movement of the players in midfield when we’ve got the ball.

“And I feel it just gives us a bit more security with the two central ones in there [in midfield] when we haven’t got the ball.

“I just felt the Shrewsbury game was too end-to-end and too open, and I felt it ended up costing us a bit in the end. So that was really the thinking behind it.

“But certainly when we have the ball it’s virtually a carbon copy of what we always try and do.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s game, Ferguson said: “We’re more than capable of going to Charlton and causing them problems.

“But we need to be consistent and make sure we keep the belief, and I think the players showed that on Saturday.

“A lot of other teams or group of players would’ve found it difficult to go and win in the way we did after being 1-0 down, given the circumstances that we hadn’t won at home and hadn’t come from behind to win a game.

“The players deserve a lot of credit for keeping the belief, it was important we did that.”