Darren Moore on readying Doncaster Rovers for the problem pitch at Tranmere Rovers

Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Moore says his side are fully prepared to deal with the challenges of the pitch at Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 11:50 am

Tranmere have faced issues with the playing surface at Prenton Park, with waterlogging causing the postponement of the original fixture in October.

Since then the pitch has become boggy and uneven. Tenants Liverpool FC Women have seen their last two home fixtures called off due to waterlogging while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer criticised the surface ahead of Manchester United’s trip in the FA Cup last month.

The surface is likely to present issues for a Doncaster side keen to play possession-based football with short, sharp passing.

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Tranmere Rovers' Kieron Morris challenges Harry Maguire of Manchester United on the boggy pitch at Prenton Park.

But Moore insists they are smartened up on the tests they will face.

“That’s one of the challenges,” he said.

“It’s been highlighted that the playing surface is what it is.

“Every team going there this season has had to deal with it and we’re no different.

“We’ll have to deal with the conditions that are placed in front of us and make sure we’re ready for it.

“In terms of that planning, we’re fully aware of what we’ll have to deal with.”

Moore says the conditions could affect his selection for the game but he will mostly be influenced by the challenges Tranmere will pose and how he believes the game will pan out.

“It could do but I always look to the squad, where it’s at, and I look at the game,” he said.

“We come together as a staff and try to identify a team that is capable of getting the result on the day.

“We’ll look at the shape of the squad and if need be we will make adjustments that we feel will be right for the game.

“We know it’s going to be a tough game tomorrow night. It’s going to be a real physical game in difficult conditions.

“We’ve seen on their day, the Watford game in particular, what the atmosphere can be like and they’re a team on the front foot. They can cause problems of their own.

“We’ve prepared as best as we can.”