Doncaster Rovers: 'We went to the top of the league and they changed their style!' - Darren Moore on challenges Rovers must overcome

Darren Moore admits his Doncaster Rovers side needs to find a way to overcome increasing efforts from opposition teams to shut them down.

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Thursday, 12th December 2019, 5:15 pm

Rovers started the season with dominant attacking performances but have struggled to replicate them over the last couple of months as rival sides look to have grown wise to the approach of Moore’s men.

High pressing and man marking have become increasingly prevalent tactics from opposition sides, and Moore concedes his side have struggled to find their flow in the face of such attention.

“I think you can’t say it’s not so because it has been so,” he said. “We get the beauty of tactically understanding how things have been and it has been that.

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“We went away to the league leaders and they changed how they approached it.

“We look on it as a compliment about how we’ve gone about our business.

“But we don’t rest on our laurels and we’re up for the challenge to find ways and means of overcoming the challenges.

“At the same time we realise the way we’ve played, teams want to stop us from doing what we want to do. I understand it and I don’t get frustrated about it because I see it as more of a compliment for what we’ve been doing.

“We must continue to try to get better at what we do.

“It’s got to be the driving aim for everyone here at the football club.”

League One leaders Wycombe Wanderers adopted a man marking approach for their 1-0 home win over Rovers. In the FA Cup, AFC Wimbledon – this weekend’s hosts in the league – pressed hard in their own half to stop Rovers finding their passing flow.

Moore says Rovers must now earn the right to play their own game.

He said. “You’ve got to earn it back.

“Each team that comes up against us is trying to implement their style of play on us.

“We have to try to find that for ourselves, for Doncaster Rovers, and continue to do that for ourselves this season.

“The only way you do that is to continue to work and keep the levels high, trying to find that consistency and balance in it.”