Doncaster Rovers: Darren Moore given sleepless night by Rovers' video nasty
It might not have been the most comfortable viewing but Darren Moore was determined to spend the wee small hours pouring over Doncaster Rovers’ defeat to Leicester City U21s.
After a performance which left him scratching his head and with a far less upbeat mood than usual, there was something a little masochistic about Moore’s desire to leave the Keepmoat quickly to stick on the video of the game before crawling into bed.
But a desire to see what went so wrong for Rovers in the Leasing.com Trophy tie kept him awake and alert as Wednesday ticked into Thursday.
“I do it with every game – it’s just the way it is win, lose or draw,” Moore said.
“I watch the video back and it’s part and parcel of what I do. I feel it’s right and necessary for my development as well the players’ understanding.
“You watch it back and you’re not going to go to sleep because the adrenaline is running after the game.
“You come more with a clearer head when things start settling down.
“When you’re able to work then you’re able to implement other things that you saw.
“I’m sure managers do it all over.”
The issues within the performance proved clear to see for Moore on second viewing and made for a simple verdict to give to his players the following morning in training.
Overall, he felt his said failed to perform and hit the usual notes of their standard play.
“We sat back off too much for whatever reason,” he said. “We didn’t engage them enough and we didn’t get forward enough.
“We allowed them to build and for whatever reason we didn’t get our game going forward and then sat off them when they got the ball which has not been us over the last two or three weeks before that.
“I’m still a little bit perplexed to why. There are many different reasons that you could pull out of the bag for it.
“But the fact of the matter is we didn't perform. I cut through all the red stuff and we just didn’t perform.”