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.

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.”