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by The Rovers Review

Darren Ferguson wants to see Rovers turn their good performances into results over the festive period, starting this Saturday at Bristol Rovers.

Bristol Rovers boast the fourth best home record in the league to date, and that is something Ferguson does acknowledge.

“It’s a tough game at Bristol, they’ve won their last two home games, but we go there knowing that if we beat them then we go above them,” said Ferguson.

“They took a heavy defeat last week but before that, they beat Southend at home, Rotherham at home – it’s always been a difficult place to go.”

Going into a busy festive period, the Rovers manager thinks it’s a crucial part of the season that will begin at Bristol,

“It’s a very crucial period, and always is, always will be, because there’s so many games and points to play for over such a quick space of time.

“I think we’ve been playing quite well. The results always the most important thing and we need to find a way of getting better results, that’s the bottom line, and I do believe these performances will get us there.

“They play forward really quick. They’re a big team and are a threat from set-pieces. They have a long throw with good forward players – Bowden in particular.”

James Coppinger and Craig Alcock have been handed a clean bill of health and they could make a return to the squad this weekend against Bristol Rovers, whilst Matty Blair will be touch and go as to whether he’ll be back to full fitness in time.

Ferguson has also declared that Coppinger along with ‘two or three others’, will be rotated in and out of the squad around the Christmas period with five games in just over two weeks.

The last time both sides met was at the Memorial Stadium back in March 2008, where it ended in Doncaster winning 1-0 thanks to an early Paul Heffernan strike. James Coppinger was also sent off having received two yellow cards.

In 2007/08 season when Rovers beat them in both fixtures, Bristol Rovers had Rovers' current striker Andy Williams featuring for them, though Williams didn't score in either fixture . Williams won't be involved this weekend as he's ruled out through injury.
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