'They're an excellent team' - Doncaster Rovers boss expecting tough test from on-form Blackpool

Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Moore believes Blackpool should have every confidence that they can be part of the promotion shake-up in the coming months.
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Moore takes his Rovers side to Bloomfield Road on Tuesday evening and admits he has been impressed by the Seasiders this season.

Blackpool have won four of their last five matches, including Saturday’s 1-0 triumph at Portsmouth. They are also unbeaten at home since early October.

“Blackpool are an excellent team,” Moore said.

Bloomfield Road, the home of BlackpoolBloomfield Road, the home of Blackpool
Bloomfield Road, the home of Blackpool
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“Neil [Critchley] is doing a fantastic job with them. They went to Fratton Park and won as we did and we know what a difficult place that is to go.

“They’re a team that have huge confidence about them at the moment. They will feel that they are in the shake-up and should feel that.

“It’s just the way the division is going.

Moore has praised Blackpool boss Neil Critchley, who he knows from their time at U23s level with West Brom and Liverpool respectively.

He said: “Neil was at Liverpool for years and he’s nurtured and broke through a lot of youngsters.

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“He’s got his opportunity at Blackpool and he’s setting a precedent at the club with where he is leading them and guiding them with a steady, solid transition with what he’s putting in place.

“I’m sure his success is speaking volumes for coaches and academy managers by coming out of that and stamping his authority at first team level.

“It’s great to see for him,. I think him and Colin Calderwood are a great management team.

“They’re playing good football, effective football and they’ve got some good players there.”


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