‘Some of the football wouldn’t have looked out of play in the level above’ - Darren Moore on expectations for Doncaster Rovers’ clash with Coventry City

Darren Moore says Doncaster Rovers should be prepared for a very similar encounter to their previous clash with Coventry City this season.

Friday, 17th January 2020, 5:00 pm
Updated Friday, 17th January 2020, 5:05 pm

And in entertainment terms, the Rovers boss says that will be good news for everyone.

Coventry grabbed a last gasp equaliser for a 1-1 draw at St Andrews in late September as Rovers ended the Sky Blues’ 100 per cent home record.

The hosts that day were the most threatening for long periods but Rovers were dangerous on the counter and showed tremendous resolve.

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Moore is expecting a similarly high-quality encounter at the Keepmoat.

“It was an excellent match down there,” he said. “Both teams were toe to toe.

“I thought there was some excellent football played by both teams. Some of the technical ability on show and the passing display was excellent on the day.

“Some of the football played wouldn’t have looked out of play in the level above.

“Credit to both teams. Both sets of players look like they really enjoyed the game and I’m expecting the same kind of scenario.

“They have an identity, we have an identity and if you pitch both identities it is two teams that like to play football. I’m looking forward to it.”

Moore is full of praise for the work done by opposite number Mark Robins and the quality of the team he has put together in trying circumstances at Coventry.

He said: “They’ve got wonderful balance, wonderful fluidity and are a good footballing team.

“They’ve got good speed and agility in the team and they play football on the front foot. They work the ball at angles.

“It’ll be a good game, hopefully being a footballing spectacle in terms of how both teams will approach it and the style of play.

“They’ve got some wonderful players, some really good technicians.

“We had a great game down at St Andrews earlier in the season and it was really good by both teams. I thought the first half we defended really well and the second half we grew into the game. We took the game to them.

“I expect it to be more of the same on Saturday.”