Why goals aren't everything when it comes to Devante Cole at Doncaster Rovers

He may not have netted his first goal for Doncaster Rovers but the significance of the contribution of Devante Cole is considerable according to Darren Moore.

Saturday, 7th March 2020, 6:00 am

The striker has made eight appearances for Rovers since his January switch from Wigan Athletic but has yet to score.

But boss Moore is delighted with the performances so far from Cole and believes he will only improve with more game time.

“He’s made massive contributions,” Moore said.

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“I always say to a striker, if you’re not scoring, what are you giving me?

“And Devante is giving me tremendous workrate, leading the line, he’s an outlet, he’s a tremendous threat in behind.

“He’s good in the air, he’s a good size and he’s valuable for us.

“He’ll score, he’ll feel the back of the net.

“I don’t think anyone would have walked away from the Keepmoat last week thinking anything other than he gave us a great all-round performance.

“He should have had a penalty, it was a stonewall penalty. If you see what he does to get free of the defenders, all of his own doing, it deserved a penalty.

“He’s a threat. He’s working hard for the team and he’s a constant menace for the opposition.

“What is happening with Devante is he’s getting stronger and stronger each week.

“I thought we saw another improved performance from him last weekend, more committed and established. He’s another one that has worked hard in training.”

Moore says Cole’s presence - plus the addition of Fejiri Okenabirhie - has finally given Rovers the out-and-out striker they have lacked for so much of the season.

And he believes it has given his side a fresh focal point.

“It’s good to have a number nine,” Moore said.

“Part of the season we’ve adopted Niall Ennis in there, we’ve played Kieran Sadlier in there and we’ve gone without too.

“To have someone in there who is out and out and wants to play in there is refreshing.

“It’s given the team a new dimension.”