‘It’s not favoritism or anything like that’ - Darren Moore explains his selection policy at Doncaster Rovers

Darren Moore has warned Doncaster Rovers supporters to expect changes to his side each week as he guides them through the remainder of the campaign.

Thursday, 27th February 2020, 6:00 am

Moore’s penchant for making changes in personnel for each game has drawn plenty of comment in recent weeks.

But the Rovers boss says he has no plans on changing his policy any time.

“There’s going to be chopping and changing because the games are going to be coming thick and fast,” he told the Free Press.

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“We want the boys to play consistently but the games will dictate things.

“You have the variety there and the chance to go horses for courses.

“In recent weeks, supporters will have seen changes and I’ll say it now, they’ll see changes in the weeks to come.

“We try to find the right combination against the opposition that we feel will cause as much impact as possible.

“It’s up to me as a manager to look at the games coming up and the quick turnaround to try to keep the squad as fresh as possible and viable as possible to get those results.”

Freshness is a key factor for Moore and he says increased competition since the January transfer window has given him the opportunity to make changes.

While Rovers are in a relatively relaxed period of the season with no midweek games, they will soon enter another busy run and Moore wants to see his players in the best possible shape for each game.

“Sometimes with the way games have come and with the travelling, we’ve been playing every third day so it’s been very difficult to get the proper recovery in,” he said.

“So if you’ve got someone with the equal amount of ability then why not use it?

“It would be stupid to risk injury by persisting with someone who might be at the fatgiue end of it and you can freshen it up.

“What this month has done, going into one game weeks, it’s allowed one or two to dust themselves down, get some good work on the training ground.

“But the time is quickly approaching where the fixtures are going to start piling up on us again and we’re going to be on the road a lot.

“Again, I’ll say it now, we’ll have to use the versatility of the squad as we see fit to manage those fixtures.

“That would be my clear honest approach to the team. It’s not any favouritism or anything like that.

“It’s picking a team that I feel at the time is going to deliver the most impact at the time.

“Certain attacking players are suited for certain opposition and some others might not be.”