Why Darren Moore is not setting any play-off targets for his 'fresh and vibrant' Doncaster Rovers squad

Doncaster Rovers maybe handily placed to mount a push for a play-off berth, but manager Darren Moore is looking no further than tomorrow's game at Shrewsbury Town.

By Ashley Booker
Friday, 21st February 2020, 5:00 pm

Moore’s side go into the New Meadow fixture in 11th place, five points behind Portsmouth who occupy the final play-off berth.

And while a successful January transfer window – which saw the likes of Devante Cole, Fejiri Okenabirhie, Jacob Ramsey and Jason Lokilo check into the Keepmoat – has generated optimism of a play-off challenge, the Rovers boss says he is not thinking about promotion.

“There's no target set," he said. “What we try and do is energise and put our energies into the next game.

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“We don't look ahead because there are so many things that you can speculate for which never materialise.

“What we do is load all our options into the game and make sure that we try and tick as many boxes going into that game and that's no different to this weekend.

“The players are fresh, the players are vibrant and the players are looking forward to it.

“We know it's going to be a difficult test for us but it's another test that we look forward to and we engage together as a group.”

Doncastrer Rovers boss Darren Moore is not setting any targets for a play-off push. Picture by FRANK REID

Moore paid tribute to his players’ ‘positive reaction’ following their defeat at Gillingham last week, describing them as a group which doesn’t ‘throw all of our toys out’ after a setback.

“They are fresh and vibrant, they are eager,” he said.

“What I will say to you is that they approach each game with a freshness and a fresh outlook, which is great.

“My message to them is to continue doing what they are doing, continue to play with that freedom, continue to work hard for each other, continue to have that camaraderie amongst each other and that togetherness.

“They are a wonderful group, they are a joy to work with every single day and long may that continue and with that honesty and hungry and desire, if we can give them parts and experiences of the game to do it and they take (that) on board, then we know on the day when they perform well we're a match for anybody in the division.”