Darren Moore's delight at Doncaster Rovers' FA Cup learning curve in win at Carlisle United

Darren Moore was happy for the learning experience for his Doncaster Rovers side as they edged past Carlisle United into the third round of the FA Cup.

Rovers were in control at the break thanks to a brace from skipper Ben Whtieman but were put under pressure in the second half, particularly after Carlisle pulled a goal back through Jon Mellish.

Moore was delighted to see Rovers showing a resolute streak against a physically robust and direct Carlisle side, and believes the younger players in the side will take plenty from it.

“We’ve not faced opposition like that much this season and it was good for us to come up against it,” Moore said afterwards.

Darren Moore. Picture: Steve Flynn/AHPIX

“It’s great to see the players have that resoluteness and bit between their teeth to stand up to that.

“For a young team, some of them wouldn’t have experienced anything like that before so it’s one for us to look back on and analyse.

“It’s credit to the young team. They’ll have taken a lot from that.

“We knew we’d have to earn it and it was a tough game.

“We had to be professional and resolute and it times it took last ditch defending.

“We earned it without a doubt and you can see why they’re doing as well as they are in League Two.”

Moore was delighted with the two goals from captain Whiteman which had put Rovers in command of the tie.

“When Ben gets into those positions he’s got a calm head and everyone knows he’s got the quality,” he said.

“I think the contact on the ball, the precision and the detail of both finishes were excellent.

“He was tightly marked today but he managed to evade his marker on those occasions, to devastating effect for them and great effect for us.

“That will do him the world of good.

“We had to come up here and be absolutely professional in our performance.

“Ben came up with two really good goals which gave us something to protect and hold onto.

“We felt it at the break it was about doing your jobs in the second half but I would say it was another professional, accomplished performance.”


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