'We didn't deserve to get anything' - Darren Moore's verdict on Doncaster Rovers' 1-0 defeat at Shrewsbury Town

Darren Moore, the Doncaster Rovers manager, says his side ‘didn’t deserve to get anything’ from today’s disappointing performance at struggling Shrewsbury Town.

Sunday, 23rd February 2020, 10:48 pm

Rovers slipped to their second successive defeat on the road after Dave Edwards’ stooping header in the 76th minute was enough to secure all three points for Sam Ricketts’ side.

The win was Town’s first in League One since beating Blackpool on December 21.

But for Moore’s side it’s a significant blow in their bid to secure a place in the end of season play-offs after last week’s eventful defeat at Gillingham.

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Speaking after the game, the Rovers boss admitted his side were simply not at the races – despite creating a number of chances at a blustery New Meadow.

“It was a scrappy game (played in) blustery conditions and looking at the game we didn’t deserve to win it today,” said Moore.

“I didn’t think we were right today in terms of not doing enough on the ball to win the game.”

The lively Jacob Ramsey, skipper Ben Whiteman, Ben Sheaf and Cameron John all had chances for Rovers, but Moore said his side didn’t possess enough nous to win the game.

Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

“They went man for man on us and sort of stopped us doing anything we wanted to do but we just didn’t have enough guile and cleverness,” he said.

“We had the chances but we weren’t ruthless enough in our approach in the final third really to get on the end of things today and then we switch off midway through the latter part of the game and we concede a sloppy goal from our point of view.

“I don’t sugarcoat or paint things over, I didn’t think we deserved to get anything from the game. So we go back to it and we learn from it. I just thought overall as a team we were off it today for whatever reason that was.”

The home side ended their disappointing sequence of results when Rovers allowed Edwards, the former Wolverhampton Wanderers man, to head home at the far post after fine work by Callum Lang on the right.

“To concede a goal like that at this level is disappointing,” said Moore. “We shouldn’t be conceding goals like that at this level but we have and we can’t cry over spilt milk.

“But you look to try and rectify that and get back into training. It’s a mundane straightforward goal that I don’t really know how and why it’s come from, so that’s a bit of disappointment.”


Shrewsbury Town (4-2-3-1): O’Leary; Ramsay, Ebanks-Landell, Pierre, Beckles; Edwards (Cummings, 82), Vela (Walker, 82); Laurent, Lang, McAleny (Goss, 63); Udoh.

Subs not used: Burgoyne, Love, Golbourne, Williams.

Doncaster Rovers (4-2-3-1): Dieng; Halliday, Anderson, Wright, John; Sheaf (Gomes, 82), Whiteman; Ramsey, Coppinger (Taylor, 65), Ennis (Sadlier, 72); Cole.

Subs not used: Jones, Baptiste, Amos, Blair.

Referee: Andy Woolmer

Attendance: 5,672 (496 Doncaster fans)