Doncaster Rovers lack killer punch says boss after defeat at Luton

Rovers'  John Marquis missed an early chance. Photo: Howard Roe
Rovers' John Marquis missed an early chance. Photo: Howard Roe

Darren Ferguson is concerned a lack of ruthlessness could hamper Doncaster Rovers’ promotion aspirations if it is not rectified.

Rovers missed a series of glorious chances in the early stages of their clash with Luton Town on Saturday.

Although James Coppinger gave them the lead, Luton fought their way into the game and turned in on its head for a 3-1 triumph.

Ferguson implored his side to show more of a killer touch in front of goal, saying that all successful teams possess the attribute.

“I can’t keep coming on here if we lose games and saying it was because we weren’t ruthless enough,” Ferguson told The Star.

“We have to get that ruthlessness.

“Teams that win leagues and get promoted have got it.

“We have to learn a way of finding it because if we don’t it’s going to cause us problems like it did.

“Sometimes as a manager, you hold your hands up and say Luton were miles better than us, but that wasn’t the case today.

“I think they will be there or there abouts on the evidence of today and what I’ve seen previous, then hopefully we will be as well.”

John Marquis and Andy Williams were both guilty of missing excellent opportunities inside the opening two minutes.

Ferguson was pleased with Rovers’ fast start but bemoaned the misses.

He said: “They both have to score.

“It’s all ifs and buts but it could have been 2-0 after two minutes and it should be.

“We’d spoken about it before the game, we felt we had to start the game right because Luton would be a bit nervous and edgy. They were a bag of nerves but you have to give credit to them because they dug it out.

“It’s not through lack of effort and ability why we lost. It’s just decision making.”

Rovers are back in action tomorrow night at the Keepmoat with the visit of Carlisle United, who sit a point behind them in the League Two standings.

Ferguson says bouncing back from defeat with a win is key.

He said: “It’ll be a good game for us, a tough one.

“They’re a good footballing team Carlisle.

“We need to make sure we get a good performance and the most important thing after losing on Saturday is winning the game on Tuesday.”