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April 23, 2018
Rovers 0 Oxford United 1
It was no surprise that Darren Ferguson elected to make several changes to his starting eleven for Saturday's match, mindful of the sequence of games of late and those that lie ahead, but Rovers should still have won this game, but failed to make the most of their chances.
After an uneventful opening quarter of an hour, it was the visitors who had the first scoring chance, with Obika having a shot blocked on the line by Mathieu Baudry, and Wes Thomas hitting the rebound wide.
The recalled Alfie May then beat the offside trap, but his attempt to fire the ball under the Oxford keeper was comfortably saved.
Shots were then evenly traded, with Mowatt's shot going over, while Marquis fired straight at the goalkeeper when he should have done better.
The first half ended goalless, but Oxford struck just after an hour of the game, and against the run of play, with Ledson breaking down the left wing and crossing for Henry to head home totally unmarked.
For all Rovers' efforts for the rest of the game, they just could not find the elusive equaliser, and they went down to the first defeat in the last seven games.
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April 23, 2018
What the managers said
Darren Ferguson felt that his side should have got at least a point from Saturday's game against Oxford United, and looked to a number of chances that Rovers failed to capitalise on as to why they did not take at least a point.
Speaking after the game, Ferguson said: "It's a game we shouldn't have lost, we had some clear chances to go ahead before they scored and didn't take them. It was a game of few chances and we had to take one of them. I didn't think they troubled us too much apart from the goal, we started the second-half strongly but the key was that we weren't clinical enough in front of goal. Both sides were evenly matched, they probably shaded the opening third of the game but then we grew into it and I felt we were comfortable for the majority of the afternoon."
"In the second half we came on strong and we were the dominant team. But we just weren't clinical enough. I felt a lot of the stuff we did was good. It was what we wanted and the energy levels were good."
The Oxford head coach said after the game: "I just felt we had enough legs to compete and stay at 0-0. We always knew if it was level we had something else. It sounds like a smart answer, but we knew we had goals in Jamo. I had a go at them before the game. I said our subs haven’t made a difference enough this year and they’ve just shut me up."
April 23, 2018
Match highlights

Highlights of Saturday's game against Oxford United are now available on the Sky Sports web site.
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April 23, 2018
Rowe out for rest of season
Tommy Rowe will miss the rest of the season after Darren Ferguson revealed that he had an operation during the week on hamstring tendon.
Rowe has been playing with the injury for the last few weeks, but a visit to the specialist last week left him with little option but to have surgery to solve the problem.
Ferguson said on Saturday: "Tommy is out. He's had an operation. It's a tendon on his hamstring. It's an operation he should have had maybe four weeks ago. But he wanted to keep playing. He went to see the surgeon on Thursday and he'd done more damage. He will be out for four months. Tommy shouldn't have been playing and there's one or two more that are hanging in there which shows the mentality of the players. With Tommy we had to make a decision on how long we could play him."
Four months means it could be touch and go as to whether he is fit to start next season, with Ferguson admitting: "I don't know. He will get a pre-season because he'll be in the rehab phase. My physio was saying it had to be done but I was delaying it. We spoke to Tommy after every game and he felt all right. But at this stage there was no choice after the specialist saw it again. It would have gone and if that would have happened it would have been a real problem."
April 23, 2018
Ferguson to continue player rotation
Darren Ferguson will continue to fully utilise his squad for the rest of the season to allow some players more recovery time between games.
Ferguson made five changes for Saturday's game, and there will be changes for tomorrow's home game against Blackburn Rovers.
Speaking after Saturday's game, Ferguson told the Doncaster Star: "I don’t think I’ve got much choice because the games are coming that thick and fast. At any stage of the season if you’re going Saturday Tuesday for three consecutive weeks that is going to be hard, let alone this part of the season. Coppinger needed a break. There was no way I could play him in every game if I’m going to get the best out of him. Beestin felt his hamstring. I had to make a decision between Baudry and Boyle and I picked Baudry because he’s played with Butts so many times previously and he gives us that composure on the ball at the back. Alcock and McCullough were fresh, and I can’t play Houghton every week."
"So they were quite obvious decisions to make because I know daily how the players are feeling. I knew I needed a freshness in the team. Now that gives me the opportunity to freshen it up again on Tuesday. Quite honestly, I’ll be surprised if I’m not doing that every game now. I think I’ve got to utilise the squad. I feel the ones that came into the team didn’t let anyone down."