Doncaster Rovers: Why Darren Moore thought Rovers may have been under par against MK Dons

Darren Moore believes fatigue may have played a role in some of Doncaster Rovers’ sloppy play during their draw with MK Dons.

Darren Moore. Picture: Marie Caley
Darren Moore. Picture: Marie Caley

Some of Rovers’ passing was poor during Saturday’s clash, seeing them concede possession cheaply and allow the visitors to the Keepmoat to control strong spells of the game.

But having played three matches in seven days, and with a small squad at his disposal, Moore thinks tired legs may have been a significant factor.

He said: “You have to look at it being the third game in a week.

“I’ve got experts downstairs and scientifically on the third game in a week the energy levels are waning.

“If you’ve got a squad that you can rotate then do it. You’ll see it from the Championship through the three divisions that there’ll be a lot of changes in the third game in a week.

“The only reason is because of the physical energy you are expected to put out and it’s very difficult to keep to those levels in the third game in a week.

“It’s not just here, it’s at most clubs and sports scientists will tell you that.

“That is why I commend my players in terms of where they are going because we didn't have much chance to change it up.

“The way the players kept going, I was delighted with them.

“And now we’ll give them the right rest they need to recover because off the back of the third game it’s what they need now to get them ready for a tough game away at AFC Wimbledon.”