Doncaster Rovers: Ferguson wants to extend Keshi Anderson’s loan stay

Helping hand: This 'goal' from Keshi Anderson on Saturday didn't count and earned him a yellow card.
Helping hand: This 'goal' from Keshi Anderson on Saturday didn't count and earned him a yellow card.
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Darren Ferguson wants to extend Keshi Anderson’s loan stay at Doncaster Rovers.

The Scot says Anderson typifies what he wants from his attacking players.

Anderson’s 28-day loan from Crystal Palace is due to expire after tomorrow night’s trip to Shrewsbury Town, Ferguson’s first game in charge.

The 20-year-old striker has scored two goals in five appearances and came closer than anyone else to finding the net for Rovers in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Bradford City, under the watchful eye of his new boss.

“Keshi’s come in and been good. I like him,” said Ferguson.

“There’s no question I’ll be looking to extend that. The fans have taken to him as well.

“He probably typifies what I’m looking for really - that energy, that spark. If you have that, the fans will take to you.”

Doncaster’s squad reported for training at Cantley Park yesterday for their first session under Ferguson and his assistant Gavin Strachan.

He takes the reins from Rob Jones with Rovers sitting second bottom in League One and now facing three successive away games, at Shrewsbury, his former club Peterborough and Millwall.

“I’m here to give them everything and to help them one hundred per cent - as long as I get it back,” said Ferguson.

“And that’s what the fans want to see.

“They’ll always give you a chance if you have a right go. They’re not stupid, they know if you’re having a go or not.

“If you can get to that level, added to the ability we’ve got, then we’ll be fine.

“To me it was no coincidence they scored a last minute goal against Barnsley because they put the shift in. When do you that, you tend to get the breaks.

“So that’s a clear message that the players will hear and I think that’s the minimum requirement really.”