Does Darren Moore believe freshness will be a factor in Doncaster Rovers' clash with Shrewsbury Town?

Darren Moore insists he is reading nothing into the fact tonight’s opponents Shrewsbury Town played on Saturday while Doncaster Rovers enjoyed a blank weekend.

Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 11:45 am

Rovers saw their scheduled League One fixture postponed due to opponents Portmouth’s continued involvement in the FA Cup while Shrewsbury held Championship side Bristol City to a draw in the knockout competition.

While Shrewsbury boss Sam Ricketts has suggested Rovers will be the fresher of the two teams, Moore says he believes the confidence the Shropshire side will have taken from their cup exploit will be enough of a boost.

“They played at the weekend but he’s got one or two bodies there that he can bring in and shuffle the pack a little bit,” he said.

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Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Moore. Picture: Marie Caley
Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Moore. Picture: Marie Caley

“We don’t look at that at all.

“They had a great result at the weekend at Bristol City. To go there and acquit themselves the way they did was excellent.“Sam will probably feel they could have won the game.

“It shows the level of the opponents that are coming into town and they’ve got options to change it.”

Moore praised Ricketts for the job he has done since taking charge at the New Meadow.

And he expects Shrewsbury to offer multiple challenges as Rovers look to build on their New Years Day win over automatic promotion hopefuls Oxford United.

“It’s a tough game,” he said. “They’ve had a good, solid start to the season and they’re a hard, durable team.

“They stay in the game and they’re difficult opponents to play against. They’re defensively strong.

“They’re athletic.

“Given chance, they will get the ball down and play.“Sam has done a wonderful job there. He’s doing a great job and they seem to be getting stronger and stronger.

“He seems to be implementing his style of play at the club.

“They’re going to be difficult opponents and we look forward to the challenges they will pose us.”