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Moore pleased with second half showing against Gillingham

4 August 2019

Darren Moore felt Rovers finished the strongest against Gillingham on Saturday, and his side looked the most likely winners after an impressive second half display.

A Kieran Sadlier goal on the brink of half-time meant Rovers were to share the spoils with Gillingham, who had taken the lead through Alex Jakubiak.

Moore said: “It was a difficult and typical first game of the season where it was a bit frantic at times with lots of energy being displayed by both teams. I’m just pleased that we’ve come through a real stern test.

“It is not easy because Gillingham are a good and strong team who are blessed with lots of athleticism, speed and power but I thought the players stood up to the test and if we could deal with that then we would cause them some problems. Towards the end we were definitely the stronger team.

“The physical condition of the players was very good, they have come off and are a bit disappointed that they couldn’t find that winner. But if you can’t win a game the best thing to do is not to lose it and we definitely finished the stronger team." 

After three weeks in the hot seat, Moore believes he is learning more about the players and believes there is still more to come from his team.

He added: “I have learnt that my players are intelligent and are a good footballing team, they have a good understanding with each other. They know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and are committed to what we are trying to do.

“We are only three weeks in since I joined the club so in terms of the work that has gone on I have to be pleased with that. We get another full week to work now and get back to the training pitch.

“This almost a new team so we need patience. That brings different advantages and disadvantages but we are a work in progress and we have made big strides in a short space of time.”

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