Doncaster Rovers: The belief is back - Ferguson

Rovers' players celebrate Nathan Tyson's first equaliser at Coventry.
Rovers' players celebrate Nathan Tyson's first equaliser at Coventry.

The self-belief that had seemingly dissipated from the Doncaster Rovers dressing room has now returned.

That was the verdict of boss Darren Ferguson after seeing his side give League One leaders Coventry City a good run for their money on Saturday.

But don’t expect the Scot to be talking up a possible push for the play-offs - not yet anyway.

The 2-2 draw at the Ricoh Arena, which saw Rovers twice come from behind to post their first draw under Ferguson, took their points tally to 13 from a possible 24 since the former Peterborough and Preston boss took charge.

Doncaster have now lost just one of ther last six games, a run which has also seen them move out of the League One drop zone and up to 15th in the table.

And Ferguson says the display from his team against Coventry was proof that a newfound confidence is now running through his players.

“The thing we saw from my team [on Saturday] is that they now believe in themselves,” said Ferguson.

“I think that’s the important difference.

“I believe in them, and I keep stressing that to them. We’re a good team, and we showed that [on Saturday].”

However, Ferguson plainly refuses to get carried away by Rovers’ upward trajectory, insisting the focus is now on Sunday’s FA Cup second round trip to Cambridge United.

“I ain’t going to be talking about the play-offs,” he said.

“I think we’ve just got to make sure we try and pick up as many points as we can.

“We’re in a confident mood. The Rochdale result was a really bad one out of the last six or so. But we’re focused on Cambridge now. It’ll be a difficult game. Shaun’s [Derry] just gone in there so he’ll have them at it.”