The conversation Darren Moore had with Aston Villa loanee Jacob Ramsey before sending him on in Doncaster Rovers’ clash with Bolton Wanderers

For several minutes before his introduction off the bench on Tuesday night, Jacob Ramsey stood alongside Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Moore, deep in conversation.

Thursday, 13th February 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 13th February 2020, 3:25 pm

The Aston Villa loanee went on to play for around ten minutes and belied his age and inexperience with a show of tremendous composure at a nervy time for Rovers as they looked to hold on.

Moore refused to take credit for anything Ramsey did and admitted he left it up to the 18-year-old to read how he should approach the game.

“I said to him ‘do you want to play?” Moore said. “And he said ‘yes gaffer.’

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Jacob Ramsey in action against Rochdale last week

“I said ‘go and play then.’

“I just said to him to look at the game and asked him what he thought of the game.

“He said there are spaces to operate in and I said ‘exactly, that is why I want to get you on the pitch.’

“I felt as they were tiring, we were bringing on one or two fresher bodies.

“I thought when JJ got on there he managed the ball really well and showed some great control to get out of some problematic situations and he used the ball really well.

“He just gave us that freshness going on and linking play from back to front.

“He was excellent in terms of coming on and relieving that pressure and gave Bolton something to think about in putting them on the back foot.”

Ramsey will be pushing for a return to the starting XI as Rovers visit Gillingham on Saturday.