Doncaster Rovers: Ferguson hails improvement under new system

Darren Ferguson
Darren Ferguson

Darren Ferguson feels his Doncaster Rovers side are delivering improvement as they settle into the 3-4-3 system.

Ferguson has deployed the formation regularly over the last few weeks in tandem with an upturn in fortunes for the club.

And it continued with Saturday’s eventful come-from-behind victory at non-league Ebbsfleet United in the FA Cup.

Ferguson believes an enjoyment factor is key to the development within the system.

“I think we’re improving,” he told The Star.

“It’s a system I’ve played before. Not so much maybe here but before and we have played it here.

“I’ve seen improvement in it. I certainly have and that is just through the work we do on the training ground.

“We have played different systems but I like it and the players enjoy it.

“The players that you would say are in the team, it suits them and I have to consider that as well.

“Regardless of the system, we’ve got an identity to how we want to play and it’s important that we keep that.”

Ferguson admitted to being impressed with his side’s ruthlessness to secure a 6-2 win after falling two goals down at Ebbsfleet.

He said: “Some of our football was outstanding.

“I was really pleased. We scored six and could have had more.

“The quality of the final third play was good in the end.

“They don’t make it easy this lot, they know how to make it hard, but in the end it was quite comfortable.”

Ferguson explained Ben Whiteman missed the trip due to a neck injury but will be fit for Saturday’s derby with Rotherham United.

“Whiteman has just got a problem with his neck. He was just really stiff from Tuesday onwards.

“There was no way he was going to be fit and we weren’t going to risk him for that game.

“Joe Wright I felt needed a bit of a rest because he’s played a lot of football.

“Both of them will be fit and ready for Monday’s session and ready for the Rotherham game.”