Doncaster Rovers: Ferguson not setting any targets for 2016

Darren Ferguson
Darren Ferguson

Darren Ferguson is refusing to set any New Year targets for Doncaster Rovers – but that might change if they win at Southend United on Saturday.

Improvement and progression has remained on Ferguson’s list of demands since he took the reins at the Keepmoat.

Rovers head into 2016 six points off the top six after they bounced back from Boxing Day defeat to Scunthorpe United with victory at Oldham Athletic on Monday.

But Ferguson will not be drawn on talk of a play-off push.

He did however suggest his goals may alter should Rovers triumph at seventh placed Southend this weekend.

“If we get to Southend and get a win, I would have to say that’s a pleasing Christmas and we can reflect on where we want to go,” Ferguson said.

“At this point, as for 2016, we’ll wait and see.

“I want to keep progressing and keep progressing.

“I’m not going to set any targets. We just want consistency in performances and results.”

Looking back on his 11 weeks in charge of Rovers, Ferguson admits he is pleased with the progress made by the squad.

And he felt the win at Oldham was an excellent response to the disappointing result against Scunthorpe.

He said: “It’s been quite a positive start to my career at Doncaster I feel.

“I would be greedy and say I wanted at least another three points.

“But I’ve got a good group, they’re a good bunch of lads.

“They understand what we want them to do and they’ve got that character about them now.

“They believe in what we’re doing. I’ve been pleased. I said to them after Oldham that it was all about their determination, character and guts.

“It was a challenge.

“People from the outside probably looked and thought we’d lost to Scunthorpe and we could have had a little wobble.

“But we answered a few questions and that was really pleasing.”

Ferguson will plough his attention into bringing in a striker as he looks to add to his ranks during January.

The Rovers boss says he has four or five options available to him as he searches for a ‘different sort’ of striker to what he currently has at his disposal.

He is understood to be looking for a player with similar qualities to those of Keshi Anderson who starred while on loan with Rovers from Crystal Palace before a severe ankle injury ended his spell.

Ferguson revealed an agreement had been reached with Everton to extend the loan deals of Conor Grant and Felipe Mattioni until the end of the season.

But an extension for Mattioni is now in doubt after the Brazilian wing back was injured against Oldham.

Rovers are also confident of converting Craig Alcock’s loan from Sheffield United into a permanent deal.