Darren Ferguson expects Doncaster Rovers will have to dig in if they are to take anything from their trip to play-off chasing Southend United this afternoon.
Ferguson was pleased with the doggedness his side showed in victory at Oldham Athletic on Monday and wants more of the same at Roots Hall.
And he has also warned his players to prepare for a backlash from Phil Brown’s side who suffered a 4-0 home defeat to Millwall at the start of the week.
“That was a big defeat for them because I think they haven’t had one since September in the league,” Ferguson said.
“Southend play a 4-4-2 and are very organised.
“They’ve got an experienced manager and quite an experienced team.
“It will be a tough game and similar to Oldham because we’ll have to dig in and match them.
“But on the evidence of Oldham, we’ll be able to do that.”
Ferguson spent the first half an hour of the game with Oldham watching from the stands.
And he explained that was largely down to him deploying a 3-4-3 system rather than the usual 3-5-2.
He said: “Because of the system change I wanted to see it from up there, because you do get a better view.
“I was getting so frustrated though that I had to come down.
“Frustrated is probably the wrong word because at times we were quite good but we had to make a change with Felipe injured and I just wanted to make a tweak to the system.”
Rovers are likely to be without loanees Felipe Mattioni and Cameron Stewart for what would be the final game of their current spells,