Why Doncaster Rovers' Reece James was subbed at half time against Accrington Stanley

Darren Moore says Reece James was brought off for tactical reasons during Doncaster Rovers' draw with Accrington Stanley.

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 12:32 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd December 2019, 12:38 pm
Reece James
Reece James

The left back did not reappear for the second half and was replaced by Joe Wright, with Cameron John moving to left back.

Moore explained he was seeking to nullify the threat of Accrington from the right flank, plus add some extra physicality to central defence with Wright.

“It was just tactical,” Moore said.

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“We felt that their one threat which was up to Bishop, we nullified that when we brought Joe Wright on and because they weren't getting any joy with it they took him off.

“We snuffed that out and put Cameron out at left back and went bigger and stronger along the back so wherever he went he was running onto a defender.

“We dealt with that. I just thought in the first half they were getting too easy up the pitch into our box by playing down our left hand side.

"It's no disrespect to Reece. He understands. It was just a physical change, a tactical change.”

John was praised for his contribution at left back, where he stepped into James’ shoes superbly and contributed in attacking terms.

“It shows his versatility, since he's come in," Moore said.

“He's back to what we know he can be. We're delighted to have him back.

"He brings a natural balance to us on that left side.

“It’s definitely been a move for him and us that has been right because he’s definitely grown in stature, as have others.”