'There may be one or two teething problems' - Darren Moore on settling new players in at Doncaster Rovers during packed schedule

Darren Moore admits there will be a certain degree of learning on the job for Doncaster Rovers’ new boys - and says it is possible there will be a few teething problems.

By Liam Hoden
Saturday, 13th February 2021, 6:00 am

Moore is a manager who typically prefers to ensure new signings learn the ways of his side on the training ground before fully thrusting them into first team action.

But with time at Cantley Park limited due to the relentless schedule, he is being forced to blood the new arrivals in matches, as he did in midweek by handing full debuts to John Bostock and Scott Robertson, while Omar Bogle came off the bench after training with his team mates just once.

Bogle in particular looked a little rusty on his first start in 18 months but Moore expects he and his fellow new arrivals will quickly be up to speed with life at Rovers.

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Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore

“It’s not the ideal situation,” he said. “You’re trying to get as much into them physically in training sessions and also details too to replicate a match situation.

“But it’s also tapping into their own experience too.

“For someone like John, he’s broken the ice in terms of making his debut for the club in a highly competitive game and I think that mentally will have done him the world of good in terms of what is coming, the speed of the game and things like that.

“He’s got the ability, we know that, and it will have done him good playing, despite the result.

“I saw with both Scott and John parts in them that will stand us in good stead going forward.

“For both of them they will have had a sense of purpose of what is required.

“Their contributions were great to the game and it will have been good for them with the physical side of things too.”

The Rovers boss is confident his new signings will make the most of their training ground time, and be guided by their team mates along the way.

“It’s just continuing to work with them as much as we can in training to keep applying what is needed,” he said.

“There may be one or two teething problems as there is whenever new players arrive. They arrive as a blank canvas and they are building, getting to understand roles and responsibilities in the team.

“But also they’re working with new team mates, who are so used to that longevity of being together that they just understand it.

“There could be but I think they’re all quick and fast learners.

“In training, the more time that they’re out there, the more understanding they’ll get as a group.”

Moore was pleased with Bogle’s contribution off the bench despite the defeat at Fleetwood.

“He’s another one that we knew had 20 minutes in him and could be an impactful change,” Moore said.

“He showed moments to him where people will see why we brought him to the club and him being that front man we needed, especially with Tyreece being injured.

“To have him available now is really great for us and he’ll get stronger as the weeks go on.”

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