Darren Moore explains his team selection for Doncaster Rovers’ defeat at Fleetwood Town

Darren Moore said he had neutering Fleetwood Town forward Wes Burns in mind when he selected Cameron John at left back for Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.

Sunday, 2nd February 2020, 7:26 am
Updated Sunday, 2nd February 2020, 7:24 pm

Moore opted to drop Reece James to the bench despite a long string of strong performances from the full back. Instead he brought in John, who has typically played at centre half for Rovers this term.

And he revealed afterwards that concerns over the pacy Burns led to his decision.

“Cameron came in at left full back because we thought he’d match the power and speed of the boy Wes Burns,” Moore said.

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Cameron John challenges Fleetwood Town's Wes Burns. Picture: Howard Roe
Cameron John challenges Fleetwood Town's Wes Burns. Picture: Howard Roe

“That is why we went with him.”

Moore made one other change to his side, continuing his recent trend of leaving out veteran James Coppinger for an away match and bringing in Madger Gomes.

And he explained Gomes’ energy and combative nature was important for the clash.

“Madger came in because we thought he’d have the legs in midfield,” he said.

“We didn’t think they were the most mobile in midfield so we got some legs in there to try to dominate them.

“The game went to plan in terms of that. They sat deep and couldn’t control the running power we had in there.”

Moore felt his changes worked and admitted his disappointment that Rovers did not take something from the game.

Ched Evans and Harry Souttar both pounced at set pieces to help Fleetwood on their way to a 2-1 win, with Niall Ennis pulling a goal back for Rovers.

“I can’t remember Seny making many saves in the game but he’s picked the ball out of the back of the net twice which is really disappointing,” Moore said.

“I’m not going to cry over spilt milk because I saw enough signs from us and we’ve come a long way.

“And I did see a resoluteness and solidness to be the away team and that’s what we need.

“When you look at the amount of games that we’ve got away from home, we need to make sure we’re building on performances like that.

“We just need a bit more craft and guile in the final third.”