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by The Rovers Review

Rovers face one of their biggest tests this season as they travel to promotion favourites Wigan Athletic for a midweek encounter.

Ferguson has talked about lately his struggles in picking a bench for games after leaving the likes of Issam Ben Khemis, Alfie Beestin and Craig Alcock off the bench while also not being able to start Ben Whiteman, but hemay opt to freshen things up,
"I'll assess them and see how we are [after Fleetwood], I've certainly got the options to freshen it up because I'm getting bodies back."

The biggest hurdle for Rovers - who previously drew 0-0 in their last match vs Fleetwood - is going to be penetrating Wigan's goal. Wigan has the best defensive team in the division having only shipped 11 goals from their 17 league games played.  Rovers are also averaging 1.1 points away from home while the Latics are impressively achieving 2.2 points-per-game at home.

Rovers will also have to keep their wits about themselves to keep out Wigan's top goal scorer, Nick Powell, who has scored 7 goals so far this term for the Latics.

One particular edge that Rovers may, in fact, have over Wigan is their recent success against them. In April 2016 Rovers beat Wigan 3-1, just a few weeks before Rovers were relegated and Wigan were promoted.

Prior to that, Rovers previously drew 0-0 at the DW Stadium in August 2015. Rovers haven't actually lost to Wigan since their 4-1 defeat in April 1996.
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by The Rovers Review

Darren Ferguson is wary of a tough run of fixtures ahead, starting with a visit to an energetic Fleetwood Town.

There are no new fresh injury concerns for the Scotsman, who will have Niall Mason back available after missing the Rotherham game through a minor injury.

After dropping two points at the weekend following a late injury-time goal conceded, Ferguson doesn't think that's affected the teams' morale,
"We're in a good place at the moment, we have a lot of belief and we take that to Saturday's game."

Uwe Rosler's Fleetwood Town last year were in contention for promotion to the Championship, and after a fairly inconsistent start the season Town now sit in 9th position, but Ferguson doesn't think it's going to be an easy game.
"They are a very energized team, quite a young team and they play with a three at the back, quite a flexible team in the way they play," he said.
"I like the way they play, the managers put a lot of energy into them and it's always tough up there you know you look at the run of games that we've got coming up and there's some tough matches and this is the start of that run.
"It [Fleetwood] is a hard place to go there's never an easy game there. It will be a tough game; we know that they've got some good pace up front."

Fleetwood, statistically, has one of the best offensive teams in the league as they've scored 27 in their last 17 games; they're three goals behind the league's top-scoring team, Rotherham United. However, Rosler's team are one of the worst defending ones, conceding 26 goals in 17 games. Only Northampton, Bristol Rovers and Oldham have conceded more.
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by The Rovers Review

Darren Ferguson is feeling confident ahead of the big South Yorkshire derby against Rotherham.

After missing the 6-2 victory over Ebbsfleet in the first round of the FA Cup, Joe Wright and Ben Whiteman have the all clear to return back to the team after completing training all week.
Will Longbottom will return to training next week following his injury, while long-term absentees Alex Kiwomya and Luke McCullough are back running on the grass as part of their rehabilitation.

Paul Warne’s Rotherham has had a positive start to life back in League One following relegation last season, as they sit just outside the play-off places in 7th position, but that doesn’t faze Rovers manager Darren Ferguson, “We go into Saturday’s game in a confident mood and the players quite rightly should be confident.
“I want my players to have composure and player the way we want to. I’m looking forward to it,” said Ferguson ahead of this Saturday.

Rotherham are without a win in their last three games, while Rovers have won two of their last three league games. Away from home, Rotherham have collected just seven points from eight games, but Rovers’ home form isn’t much better, only picking nine points from eight games at the Keepmoat.

It has been ten years since Rovers last met their rivals. In their last meeting, Rovers were on the winning end of the entertaining 3-2 victory at the Keepmoat Stadium in front of a crowd of over 12,000. Two goals from Paul Heffernan and a goal from Graeme Lee canceled out Rotherham’s strikes from Richie Partridge and Martin Woods that day.
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by The Rovers Review

Rovers travel to Ebbsfleet on the opening day of round one of the FA Cup and Rovers manager and Darren Ferguson has called for his players to stamp their authority on the non-league side.

After leaving the pitch injury stricken on Tuesday night, Andy Williams is believed to be fit enough to feature against Ebbsfleet this Saturday as the back injury he sustained on Tuesday night isn't believed to be as serious as first thought.

Elsewhere, Baudry and Alcock have come through the Scunthorpe game with no problems but Joe Wright has suffered a slight hamstring injury that is nothing too concerning to keep him out for weeks so he is likely to just miss this one game.

Darren Ferguson has confirmed that his team will be the same as the one that faced Bury, minus Joe Wright.

Ebbsfleet currently sits 13th in the Vanarama Nationa League after gaining promotion to the top non-league division last season.
So far they're 18 games in and have picked up 5 wins and 3 defeats while drawing 10 games.

Should Rovers only manage a draw down South there will be a replay at the Keepmoat on the 14th November 2017.
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Darren Ferguson has called for a ‘tougher mentality’ as Rovers prepare to visit struggling Bury.

Striker Andy Williams has been absent for the majority of the season after suffering an injury in a Checkatrade Trophy game earlier in the season, but Ferguson has declared him fully fit and he may be “quite close” to being involved in the team this Saturday.

After having a child in the summer and losing his brother to cancer a few months ago, Matty Blair was given last week off work – meaning he missed the 3-0 home defeat to Walsall – but he will return this Saturday and come straight back into contention.

Rovers are currently going through tough patch of form where they’re struggling to get a grasp on the league because they’re consistently being inconsistent with their performances and results alike. Ferguson acknowledges Rovers’ current form, but says it’s part and parcel of football, “One minute you’re very excited and you’re very optimistic and you’re thinking, 'well I’ve got to keep their feet on the ground', and the next minute it can be, ‘well I’ve got to pick them up again because we’re feeling dejected and very pessimistic'. That’s just the emotion of football.” He said.

Going into this game Rovers do have the slightly better defence out of the two teams, with Bury conceding 23 goals in their last 15 games and Rovers conceding 20. The amount of goals both teams have leaked in this season reflects their league positions, which leaves them with only one place between the pair, with Bury sitting 22nd (in the relegation zone), while Rovers lay 20th – three points clear of the drop zone.

The last time Rovers travelled to Gigg Lane they lost 1-0 in April 2016, which contributed to the then 17 game win-less run Ferguson’s team went on. The last win against Bury came at the Keepmoat in 2012, where Rovers beat Bury 2-1 thanks to goals from Kyle Bennett and Chris Brown.
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