Mimicking Gillingham performance ‘is the goal’ for Doncaster Rovers

Doncaster Rovers delivered their most complete performance for some time as they broke down Gillingham at the weekend.

By Liam Hoden
Tuesday, 15th December 2020, 12:00 pm

Despite the victory involving overcoming an opposition looking to restrict and stifle Rovers, Darren Moore says the manner of the performance can be transferred into the majority of games this season.

In fact, the Rovers boss revealed that is the ultimate goal for the team.

“The idea is to try to perform like that over a 46 game season and for 90 minutes each time,” Moore said.

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Rovers celebrate Brad Halliday's goal against Gillingham

“That is the manager’s ideal and it’s what we work towards every single day.

“The squad is not perfect so you work towards it.

“You see performances like that and see an understanding of how much work it takes to get it towards that on a consistent basis.

“It’s very difficult because opposition teams are trying to stop you from doing what you want to do and you’re trying to fight to get the upper hand on it.

“There are so many different variables that we continue to work on.

“The idea is to always try to work towards that. Does it always work out? No, because there’s a lot of contributing factors that work around the game.

“We’ll continue to try to find that level of performance on a consistent basis.”

Moore says the belief within the squad is growing that they are capable of delivering such performances on a regular basis.

And he is confident they can do so against the division’s top teams as well as struggling opposition such as tonight’s visitors Swindon Town, who sit 21st in the table having lost 11 of their 17 matches so far.

“Belief is a huge thing in any sportsperson’s career, to go out there and get the right performance and the right result,” Moore said.

“The players will have that from week to week and sometimes it goes for you and sometimes it doesn’t.

“We believe at this club that every game we enter into, we do so with the same mindset, the same preparation and the same detail to go and influence the game.

“That’s no different in any game.”


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