Darren Moore passes credit to players for Doncaster Rovers' performance at Sunderland

Darren Moore refused to accept any credit for Doncaster Rovers' battling performance in their draw at Sunderland.

Friday, 24th January 2020, 10:49 pm
Updated Friday, 24th January 2020, 11:04 pm
Darren Moore at Sunderland. Picture: Frank Reid

Rovers delivered on a game plan in superb fashion to take the initiative in the first half before showing tremendous resolve after the break to secure the point.

Though the set up of the side gave his side a strong platform, Moore was only eager to pile the credit on his players.

"It was the players who were running around out there," Moore said.

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"The players, all week in training, we just work and that is all I can say.

"We'll work again in the next few days for Tuesday's game.

"It's my job to get the time right, to get them efficient and utilise the squad as best as I see fit.

"I thought they worked well tonight and the game plan probably was spot on.

"In possession we could have used the ball a little bit better in areas.

"But take nothing away from the players. They worked well tonight and it was a togetherness approach.

"As long as we see improvement in terms of performances, and we believe if the performances are right then the results will come.

"I thought it was the right type of performance, and it had to be that coming here."

Moore was full of praise for the defensive effort of his side as they held off against strong Sunderland pressure in the second half.

But he felt his side could have done better on the ball in the final third.

He said: "Tom and Joe will get all the plaudits because they seemed to be doing all the heading and clearing.

"But as a team I thought we got it right in terms of the off-the-ball work and to a man played a part and got a clean sheet.

"I thought if there was one mall critque, we could have been even better in possession.

"There were times when we let the pass in the final third go a little bit quicker than we should have done.

"We could have held onto it a little bit more to give our players the chance to get onto it.

"But I'm splitting heirs in the final third because it was an accomplished display."