Can Doncaster Rovers’ performance against Tranmere Rovers be transferred across the rest of the season?

It was brilliant, it was breathless, it was devastating.

Thursday, 6th February 2020, 12:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th February 2020, 12:30 pm

Doncaster Rovers’ second half demolition of Tranmere Rovers was a demonstration of exactly what Darren Moore’s side are capable of.

The big question now is whether or not the performance can be replicated throughout the remainder of the campaign.

Or whether there will be any intention to lift the approach across against other teams.

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Fejiri Okenabirhie and Jacob Ramsey celebrate
Fejiri Okenabirhie and Jacob Ramsey celebrate

Just like the Boxing Day clash with Peterborough United, there are questions over just how easily the performance could be transferred to other matches.

Darren Moore is the man with a plan when it comes to each individual fixture. At least he has been for the last two or three months.

Moore tailors Rovers’ approach to each opposition, addressing how they can nullify threats and pose them also.

Against Peterborough, the primary focus was neutering the most devastating attacking force in the division, and then hurting them quickly.

Against struggling Tranmere, it was about finding the flaws which could be exploited.

On both occasions, Rovers delivered on the plan and delivered in ruthless fashion.

They were performances that got onlookers justifiably excited - particularly the one on Tuesday night which came with the added bonus of excellent showings from new signings.

But Rovers are very unlikely to show up game after game in the same manner and with the same approach. Not under Moore’s watch.

His game-at-a-time approach is why he has been comfortable benching James Coppinger for recent matches, particularly those on the road.

And it is why he can be backed to make the tough decisions decisively as he seeks to fit in the quartet of new faces he secured last week.

While he is not likely to simply throw his side out in the manner he did against Tranmere, what he will undoubtedly look to do is transfer elements of the performance into other matches.

Finding a way of getting Ben Whiteman into the sort of space he occupied at Prenton Park will bring great success. The skipper dominated the ball and sparked plenty of attacks from his screener position.

And Moore will explore the possibility of employing extra width and license for the use of midfield runners.

It just should not be taken as a given that it will all be seen again, certainly on a regular basis.

Moore will remain a man with a plan, first and foremost.