‘They’re within their rights to be frustrated’ - Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson fronts up to criticism from fans

Darren Ferguson
Darren Ferguson

Darren Ferguson has fronted up to criticism from supporters and says they are within their rights to be frustrated with Doncaster Rovers’ disappointing start to the season.

Rovers travel to fellow strugglers Bury this weekend sat 19th in League One, having won four of their 15 games.

A section of supporters made their frustration known last weekend following a self-inflicted 3-0 defeat to Walsall.

“I think they’re within their rights to be frustrated because they want to see their team winning games of football,” said Ferguson.

“I think what they’ve seen up to now is a team that’s been pretty competitive in every game.

“Fine margins have cost us. But certainly on Saturday it was a team that looked, at times after the first goal, a little bit devoid of ideas and lost that bit of confidence and belief.

“This week it has been important to get that back into them and the players don’t lose that, because that can have an affect if you start losing that.

“I would have to say that I’m in agreement [with the fans] in the fact that we haven’t won enough games of football this season, there’s no getting away from it and I can’t dress it up any other way,” he added. “They are the facts.

“We’re all disappointed about the fact we’ve lost eight games out of 15 this season and we’ve got to make sure we start picking up results. That’s clear.”

Rovers’ hit and miss form is highlighted over the last four games: won one, lost one, won one, lost one.

“I know, as common sense and an experienced person in football would tell me, that results really are the be-all-and-end-all,” said Ferguson.

“The fans have been great. Of course, there were some getting very frustrated on Saturday and that’s the first real time I’ve had that, in terms of towards myself.

“But that’s understandable, to a degree. I think it was down to the manner which we lost the three goals.

“There’s been occasions here this season when we have lost games and the fans have been disappointed but they’ve stuck with us because they can see we’ve been competitive in the games.

“We need to make sure Saturday was a one-off and hopefully get back to winning ways.”