Darren Moore frustrated by Doncaster Rovers' performance despite win over Southend United

Doncaster Rovers may have earned their fourth win in six matches but Darren Moore was not happy with the performance of his side.

Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 6:26 pm
Updated Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 11:46 pm
Darren Moore
Darren Moore

Rovers triumphed 3-1 against Southend United with a brace from Kieran Sadlier and a Niall Ennis strike leaving them in relative comfort.

But the manager was not pleased with what he described as sloppy play that did not match his standards for a performance.

"Performance wise, it was not quite the standards that we set here," he said.

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"I'm pleased with the three points.

"It probably won't be a performance that I remember the team by but I'm pleased with the win.

"We knew they are a more resolute opponents that work hard and stay disciplined.

"They made it really hard for us at times with their workrate and endeavour.

"We got the goals at the right times but overall with the performance we drive it higher and better here.

"There was times it was sloppy and not to the required standards.

"Sometimes, for whatever reason, football can be like that where it's just not quite happening for you.

"The pleasing thing is that we played below par tonight but we still got the three points.

"We had chances to probably get a fourth goal and you could see the boys were pushing for that so I give them credit for not letting up on that."

While admitting he was disappointed with the performance, Moore said he had been pleased with the manner in which Rovers prepared for the game.

“The big thing for more is learning from every single one,” he said.

“I’ll look back at this one and think what did we learn for us going forward.

“They’re all different games and sometimes you can’t quite explain what it is.

“In terms of preparation we were absolutely spot on which shows that sometimes football can be a funny game.

“We ticked all the boxes possible in terms of preparation for the game.

“We may not have been at the levels we have set but the simple basics were there and they were enough to get us the three points.”