ROVERS REACTION: First goal was vital - Ferguson

Darren Ferguson celebrated victory in his first home game in charge.

Darren Ferguson celebrated victory in his first home game in charge.

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Darren Ferguson said scoring the first goal was crucial in Doncaster’s 2-0 win against Colchester United.

Debutant Conor Grant fired Rovers ahead just before the break and Andy Williams sealed the victory in the second half.

Ferguson said: “It wasn’t a lucky win, I thought we deserved to win the game. But there’s loads of improvement in them.

“I thought the [first] goal helped us.

“For whatever reason there looked like there were some nerves from the players. There was some erratic passing, although saying that Nathan Tyson had a great chance at 0-0.

“We felt the first goal was always going to be an important one, and it was a bit of quality from Conor. Both goals were really good quality actually.

“The clean sheet is a bonus. At 2-0 Stucky made a great save which was as important as the goals we got.

“They had things in the box but generally we dealt with it okay.

“There’s loads to work on and I think there’s loads left in the tank with those players.

“They dug in today. There were a lot second balls in the first half, it was a bit scrappy.

“At half time I said ‘you’re not playing enough, it’s not quick enough, we need to raise the tempo’. I though we started the second half quite well.

“We could have had three of four on the break, Curtis [Main] in particular had a right chance at 2-0 which makes it easier.

“But today was all about getting the right result, coming off the back of two defeats, and that’s what we got.”

On his goalscorers, Ferguson said: “Conor’s a good player. We know he’s got that in him. It was a beautiful goal.

“And I think Andy deserves it for the way he goes about his job and the shift he puts in. He had a lot of time to think about the chance he had and he put it away well.”

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