Doncaster Rovers: ‘It’s not over’ - Ferguson

It's agony for Rovers players after Rochdale's 97th-minute equaliser. Photo: 

Andrew Roe

It's agony for Rovers players after Rochdale's 97th-minute equaliser. Photo: Andrew Roe

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Darren Ferguson has demanded his players do not concede defeat in their battle to stay in League One despite more disappointment at Rochdale on Saturday.

Niall Canavan’s 97th minute equaliser denied Rovers their first win since January 3 and the 2-2 draw at Spotland saw them remain four points from safety with only six games remaining.

Though the late blow was a hefty one to take, Ferguson revealed his disappointment at seeing his players laying on the pitch at the final whistle and insists there is plenty to fight for over the next month.

“I’ve got to pick them up again on Monday morning and I will do,” he told The Star.

“I tried to pick them up in the changing room in terms of me seeing them on the floor.

“It’s tough when you lose a goal in the last seconds and the dressing room is very low.

“But I don’t like seeing players sitting on the floor.

“It’s not over.

“We’ve got 18 points to play for. We’re going to keep on fighting and keep on believing if we can and hope we can get enough points to stay in the league.”

Ferguson believes Rovers can win each of their remaining six games if they can replicate the battling determination of their performance against Rochdale.

And he said there were plenty of positives to take into the decisive half dozen matches – even if he admitted victory at Spotland was vital.

“We needed the win,” he said.

“The win with that performance I felt would really have kicked us on.

“I still think it can but we need the points.

“I think the players themselves have to take the belief out of that performance and the determination we showed.

“If we show that in the next six games we can win the next six games.

“We’ve obviously got to get the one win first.

“We’re just so unfortunate at the minute. It felt like a real kick in the teeth.

“But I do feel if we get that level of determination and some of the good football we played, I think we’ve got a good chance of getting out of it.”

Mitchell Lund was withdrawn after pulling his hamstring while Riccardo Calder will be assessed after picking up an injury during the game.

Craig Alcock will miss next weekend’s trip to Bury through suspension following his dismissal after picking up two yellow cards.