Darren Moore expecting 'very different' Sunderland as Doncaster Rovers head to Stadium of Light

Darren Moore is expecting a very different test when Doncaster Rovers renew acquaintances with Sunderland on Friday night.

By Liam Hoden
Friday, 24th January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th January 2020, 6:10 am

Rovers were beaten 2-1 by the Black Cats less than a month ago as they struggled to break down the visitors to the Keepmoat after falling behind.

Suggesting that he expects Sunderland to be more expansive on home soil, Moore says not too much can be read from the first meeting.

“They got the early goal and we did really well to get back into it and pull level at 1-1,” he said.

Darren Moore

“In the second half they got the second goal and in the end we felt they were sat back in and trying to counter us, putting the onus on us to try to break them down.

“I think it’ll be a very different game up there. They are a very different team at home than they are away - even though they’re getting both sides of it right.

“We know it’s going to be a good game, a tough game.

“We’ve come off the back of that game with four wins and we were disappointed to lose the game on Saturday but there were positive aspects.

“This is another high level game where good football is going to be played.”

Victory at the Keepmoat sparked a strong run from Sunderland which has seen them win three and draw one of their subsequent four matches

Moore says he is not surprised that Phil Parkinson’s side have hit a positive streak.

“They’re strong, reliable, efficient, consistent and know what they are,” he said.

“They’ll probably feel that they’re in the wrong league but they are where they are.

“We go up there and we look forward to it.

“Both teams didn’t play each other too long ago. It’ll be a good game with a wonderful atmosphere.”