Doncaster Rovers ready for more close attention at Carlisle United

Darren Moore expects Doncaster Rovers’ power to overcome close attention will be tested yet again as they face Carlisle United in the FA Cup this afternoon.

Rovers have had difficulty this season when opposition teams have sought to shut them down.

And against an aggressive and direct Carlisle side, Moore is expecting another tough challenge as Rovers seek to advance in the competition.

“The game will probably pan out that way,” Moore said.

Darren Moore

“We’ve got no problem with it, it is what it is and we’ll prepare and plan for the game.

“They’re a very good team. Chris [Beech] has got them very well organised and they’re in a great position in League Two.

“They’re a strong team and it’ll be a very difficult game for us.

“It’s a cup match but it’ll be treated with the same respect as every other match this season.

“We’ll have to be at our best if we are going to make it through to the next round.”

The positioning of this game on a Sunday gave Rovers an extra day to prepare.

But with the midweek game at Hull City being pushed back until Wednesday, taking away a day of preparation for Saturday’s trip to Northampton Town, Moore opted to hand his players an extra day of rest.

He said: “With the fixtures the way they are, it’s important from a mental and physical standpoint that they get some rest when the opportunity is there to do so.

“There’s going to be times over the next month when the opportunity for rest is not going to be there.

“You gain a day here but you lose a day next week. It’s going to be a demanding week ahead.”

Rovers were disappointing in the first half of their clash with Blackpool in midweek but recovered to come from behind to win 3-2.

Moore has been pleased with the response from his players as they have addressed the mistakes from their last outing.

“We work as a group on our mistakes and we try to get better,” Moore said.

“They’re a joy to work with and certainly I was pleased with the response they showed and they too can feel pleased with the response.

“We quickly put it behind us and we learn from it.”


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