Never-say-die Donny delight Darren Ferguson

Never-say-die Donny delight Darren Ferguson

Darren Ferguson hailed Doncaster's self-belief after they snatched a stoppage-time winner against Barnet.

Doncaster were cruising with a two-goal lead at half-time after strikes from James Coppinger and Matty Blair.

But Barnet roared back and looked to have snatched a late point when substitute Luke Gambin equalised after Bira Dembele earlier pulled a goal back.

But Andy Williams struck at the death to secure the 3-2 win.

"We've shown the belief that we are going to win games," Ferguson said.

"We had it last week at Portsmouth and we had it after it went to 2-2 against Barnet.

"The momentum was with Barnet but we've gone and won it.

"It's probably, because of the way the game transpired, the best win of the season really. To win it in the last minute, everyone goes home happy.

"It just became really scrappy in the second half but a win's a win."

The exceptionally long throw of Barnet midfielder Sam Muggleton was a huge factor in the game, causing Doncaster plenty of problems and leading to both Bees goals.

And Ferguson labelled it "unplayable" afterwards.

He said: "I've never played against anything like that before. We knew it was there, we spoke about it before.

"He put the ball into the box 30 or 40 times that the law of averages says they're going to get something from it.

"It's just unplayable at times. No matter where the ball goes out on the pitch, it's going back into your box."

Barnet boss Martin Allen was full of praise for Muggleton.

He said: "We mixed it up with 'The Weapon' as I like to call him, putting it into the box from all different angles.

"He's not just got that, he's also a decent player. The crosses he put in, the way he's tackled and fought. He certainly has improved massively as a footballer.

"But the long throw, you can ask anyone, it might not be pretty to watch but it isn't half hard to play against.

"When we play against decent teams, it's a decent weapon because it upsets their rhythm, especially at a place like Doncaster."

Allen believes there were enough positive signs in his side's performance to suggest they will soon find an upturn in form after winning just twice in all competitions so far this season.

"The players have done really well. It's not that they've been rubbish every week," Allen said.

"There's plenty of fighting spirit, plenty of tenacity and plenty of energy.

"To lose it in the last minute is very disappointing after the players have put in such a great effort and done so well.

"They certainly didn't deserve to lose that game. Everyone who was there would say that."


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