Millwall v Doncaster Rovers: Ferguson aims to get the balance right

Darren Ferguson and Richie Wellens
Darren Ferguson and Richie Wellens

Darren Ferguson is looking to get the balance right at Millwall tonight.

In his pre-match press conference on Monday, the Scot admitted he was still in the process of working out the best formation for the players at his disposal.

At Peterborough he started with a midfield diamond, switched to a flat 4-4-2 during the first half and then to 3-5-2 for the start of the second half.

In discussing Saturday’s 4-0 defeat, Ferguson remarked that Peterborough’s pace had contributed to his side’s downfall.

The Free Press followed this up by asking ‘does Doncaster’s squad lack pace?’

Ferguson replied: “My general thoughts on that is that I would like good technicians on the ball in certain areas of the pitch, good footballers. And make sure I’ve got enough legs and pace around them.

“That’s the ideal situation. To try and get a good mix of both.

“You don’t want to lose what I feel are your good footballers at this club; the likes of Wellens.

“They’re the ones you want to play through but you’ve got to make sure you’ve got the right blend beside it.

“On Saturday I looked at it and thought our diamond would have a bit too much intelligence for their’s. In the end the game got too open, the first goal was always going to be important.

“They were a very quick team, we knew that.

“But I’m not overly worried about having certain players with pace. You’ve got to have both. You can’t just have one dimensional players.

“I’ve got to make sure I get the balance correct between my good footballers and having enough energy and legs beside them.

“That’s something I’m going to be looking for at Millwall.”