'We can't have anyone on an off-day' - Darren Moore on why only full team performances will do for Doncaster Rovers

Darren Moore has no interest in hearing compliments about Doncaster Rovers’ performances if they do not deliver positive results.

By Liam Hoden
Saturday, 26th December 2020, 6:00 am

Moore himself was full of praise for his Rovers side despite their defeat to Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night but says plaudits from others mean little in the absence of a win.

And he believes the narrow margin between a strong performance and a defeat shows everyone on the pitch in a Rovers shirt must perform if the team is to win.

“I can’t ask any more from the players because they asked some real questions of Shrewsbury,” he said.

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“But at the same time I’m disappointed because it’s about asking those questions but also wanting to leave with the three points in the bag.

“That is what we work towards.

“We don’t want to be a team that plays the way we play and gets pats on the back for it but doesn’t have anything to show for it.

“We like to get the pats on the back but with the right result.

“And that is the reason why here all 11 players have to play well.

“There is not one player in this system and how we play that can rest. Everybody has to work and everyone has to play their part.

“We can’t have people off games and why if we don’t have off games we are effective.

“If we have people that are off it, we’ll be mediocre against teams because they will peg us back.

“If we have all 11 players at it then I feel that we can match most teams in this division.”

The ability for Rovers to deliver a full team performance is difficult currently admits Moore due to the demanding fixture list which taxes bodies but also denies time for work on the training ground.

“It takes work in training and when you have so many games you’re pinching at it,” he said.

“We had 48 hours to prepare for Tuesday’s game and Shrewsbury probably had ten days to come up with something against us.

“In the time we’ve had, the detail and what we put into it, the boys were excellent with it.

“And we forced Shrewsbury to change their approach again.

“We must move on.”

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