Doncaster Rovers boss on Okenabirhie and John-Jules potentially playing together more

Darren Moore has hinted that he could field both Fejiri Okenabirhie and Tyreece John-Jules in his starting line-up again for Doncaster Rovers.

By Liam Hoden
Thursday, 24th December 2020, 6:00 am

The two forwards have largely alternated in the lone striker role this season but both featured in a front three during Tuesday’s defeat to Shrewsbury Town.

It was only the second time this season that both have started a game together - the other being the Papa John’s Trophy defeat at Oldham Athletic - and Moore expects it will not be the last.

“When I brought them here I always thought they could play together,” he said.

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Tyreece John-Jules fires on goal against Shrewsbury Town. Picture: Howard Roe/AHPIX

“It’s just been unfortunate that both have not been fit to play together.

“Tuesday was the perfect example of a game to do that.

“Hopefully if we can keep working through this busy schedule things will plan out a bit and we can see them play together more.

“Nurturing Tyreece back to full fitness, I’ve always felt there would be more games where they could play together.

“You could see the understanding that they’ve got, which is good.”

Moore rejigged his side for Tuesday’s game, switching to a 4-3-3 formation while also fielding Reece James in his natural left back position for the first time in 15 matches.

“Reece showed his versatility and I thought of him at left back for us to build play from there because we knew how Shrewsbury would be tactically,” he said.

“I thought Fej linking with Tyreece would be good and I thought Jon Taylor being high up the pitch would be more effective and get us into those attacking positions.

“I thought Reece would supply his quality from behind.”

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