Why the return of ‘confident’ and ‘tough’ Mathieu Baudry is very timely for Doncaster Rovers

Mathieu Baudry
Mathieu Baudry

Mathieu Baudry will inject confidence and character into this Doncaster Rovers team.

So says boss Darren Ferguson, who handed the French centre back his first start of the season against Portsmouth on Tuesday.

Baudry lined up in a back three alongside in-form duo Andy Butler and Joe Wright following his recovery from an Achilles problem which flared up in pre-season.

And, after Ferguson this week asked his young team to be more vocal and critical of each other on the pitch, his return to action is a timely one.

“I feel he gives you that confidence,” said Ferguson, following the 2-1 win over Pompey.

“And he’s got a good character too.

“He will have a go at people, and he will speak and he will shout and he will talk.

“He’s a tough lad, Frenchy.

“I thought he did fine tonight. Those three [at the back] I thought did fine.”

Baudry, at 29, is one of the more experienced players within the group - and Ferguson has made clear his expectations of his elder statesmen.

Tommy Rowe, also 29, finds himself in that category too and impressed in a more advanced role in Rovers’ 3-4-3 formation, supporting Liam Mandeville.

It was put to Ferguson after the game that Rowe really stepped up to the plate against Pompey.

“Absolutely,” agreed Ferguson. “That’s what I need off those players.

“The players I expect to be getting 7s or 8s out of 10s in this league need to step up and he did it tonight.

“And I need more of it, it’s as simple as that. The players know that.

“I would expect Tommy to be right up there for most games. He knows himself he hasn’t been but tonight he certainly was.”

Meanwhile, former Rovers midfielder Richie Wellens, 37, was yesterday confirmed as the new manager of Oldham Athletic after a productive spell in temporary charge.

The Latics visit the Keepmoat Stadium on December 16.