Darren Moore hits back at claim Doncaster Rovers lift their game only for better teams in League One

Darren Moore has scoffed at suggestions his Doncaster Rovers side raise their game for playing League One’s stronger teams.

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 6:22 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd December 2019, 7:05 pm
Darren Moore

Rovers have managed just two wins from six games against sides below them in the table, with Accrington Stanley earning a draw from their trip to the Keepmoat on Saturday.

In contrast, Rovers have picked up four wins and four draws from the 12 games played against the 14 sides above them in the standings.

Following Saturday’s draw with Accrington, Moore was asked about the record and whether there was a lack of motivation against the division’s struggling outfits.

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“No,” he said. “We never disrespect teams that you deem at the top or the bottom.

“These are professional teams in League One. Irrespective of what level they’re at or position they’re in, they’re good teams.

“From a psychological point of view you can’t distinguish between a team at the bottom from one that’s at the top.

“They’re a professional team so from a psychological point of view we prepare in the exact same way for every team we play against.

“People will make assumptions because of how we started the season against the top teams to how we’ve done against the bottom teams.

“For me, it’s a level playing field right across. There has been no form of disrespect or less preparation for any team throughout the division.”

Rovers face a run of seven consecutive matches against sides above them in the table, starting with the trip to Peterborough United on Boxing Day.