Doncaster Rovers: Darren Moore on why Madger Gomes has been in the side recently

Madger Gomes has fully earned his recent run in the side according to Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Moore.

Sunday, 1st December 2019, 8:00 am
Updated Sunday, 1st December 2019, 6:26 pm
Madger Gomes

The midfielder has started the last three games for Rovers having started only five of the previous 22 matches.

Gomes' introduction has come as somewhat of a surprise given he has taken the place of Kieran Sadlier in the bank of three attack-minded midfielders for the last two matches.

But his manager says the 22-year-old has made it easy for him to be selected.

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"Madger has been superb," Moore said.

"He's been absolutely superb in training. He's shown he has the bit between his teeth.

"He's a very different midfielder to the two Bens [Whiteman and Sheaf]. Losing Matty Blair too, he's had to step in and make a difference to the team.

"Madger manages the ball really, really well.

"Having him in the team with Coppinger and the two Bens, they're all wonderful footballers to manage the game.

"Testament to Madger, he's been doing really, really well.

"At Wycombe we had to take him off for a tactical reason when Tom Anderson was sent off and he was desperate to stay on the pitch.

"Long may his performances continue and while ever he is performing the way he is he gives himself a good platform to perform in the team."

Moore revealed he had added Gomes to his side initially to help Rovers take a stronger grip on matches.

"I've wanted to try to bring him into midfield to manage the game a bit better and gain control of the game a bit better," he said.

"Madger brings you that.

"He brings you that speed and ferocity but at the same time he uses the ball really well. He's got great control and energy levels to get around the pitch.

"Testament to him he's been wonderful in there so I've been pleased with what he's been showing."