Doncaster Rovers taking nothing for granted against AFC Wimbledon

Doncaster Rovers were presented with a blue brick wall to break down at AFC Wimbledon in November but Darren Moore says it would be foolish to automatically expect a similar challenge at the Keepmoat tonight.

Tuesday, 26th January 2021, 12:01 pm

Wimbledon deployed a low block at Plough Lane with Rovers, despite dominating possession, struggling to break them down and needed an injury time equaliser from James Coppinger to come away with a point.

Moore insists he will not take for granted that his Wimbledon counterpart Glyn Hodges will adopt the same approach in the return fixture despite it working well in November.

“You could face that test or one where they’re playing up and at you football, high energy, in your face,” he said.

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Rovers on the attack at AFC Wimbledon in November.

“What we have to be is prepared for whatever shape or formation they come with.

“Down there, they sat off deep and made it very difficult for us. Although we had a lot of the ball it was very difficult for us to get beyond them and penetrate the back line because they sat so deep.

“It could be a whole different scenario.

“We’ve just got to be ready for anything.

“You work in training on all those possibilities and we’ve worked again on it because it’s one of the most difficult things in football, trying to beat a low block.

“You can work on it but you’ve also got to err on the cautious side because the opposition could come with something up their sleeve.”

Rovers will be without James Coppinger (calf) and Madger Gomes (hamstring) while new signing John Bostock is ineligible.

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