'Not good enough' - Darren Moore says defeat at Sunderland is most disappointing of his time in charge of Doncaster Rovers

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Darren Moore described the defeat to Sunderland as the most disappointing performance of his time at Doncaster Rovers so far.

Rovers slumped to a 4-1 defeat at the Stadium of Light due to poor defending and a lack of quality on the ball at key times.

All four Sunderland goals were netted by Charlie Wyke with each coming via a free header from an Aiden McGeady cross.

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It was not until Rovers were well behind that they began to take some control of the play and the disappointment of the afternoon was compounded when both Jon Taylor and Jason Lokilo missed penalties.

Darren Moore at the Stadium of Light. Picture: Howard Roe/AHPIXDarren Moore at the Stadium of Light. Picture: Howard Roe/AHPIX
Darren Moore at the Stadium of Light. Picture: Howard Roe/AHPIX

“I can’t think of any others as disappointing since we’ve been building,” Moore said.

“But we win games as a team and we lose games as a team so we take it on the chin.

“The only way we do it and get back on track is by working.

“And for me, Monday cannot come soon enough.

“From our point of view it was not good enough.

“We started poorly, got back into the game but then conceded another poor goal.

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“We had two penalties against us the other week that Ellery saved and we had two saved today.

“That was our opportunity to get back in the game despite the first half showing.

“To start the game like that just wasn’t good enough - to concede four free headers in the box tells the story.

“It’s back to the drawing board for us on Monday.”

Moore took heart from the improved performance in the second half and, in particular, the return of Josh Sims off the bench.

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But he was left to bemoan another poor goal conceded, just seconds after an own goal gave Rovers a route into the game.

“In the second half we had them pinned back in and it was attack v defence at times but they could sit back because they had the lead,” he said.

“If we had scored the penalties it might have been a different game.

“The second half was more like it but the damage was done in the first half.

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“We found the spaces. I always felt we would come here and score so it was about keeping the back door shut.

“It’s about putting in the performance for the full 90 minutes.”


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