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Moore proud of resilient Rovers

11 August 2019

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Darren Moore was proud of the never say die attitude his team showed in their 1-1 draw away at Rochdale.

Rovers went behind to an Aaron Morley cross which snuck in at Ian Lawlor’s far post, but Rovers refused to roll over and Kieran Sadlier equalised in stoppage time with a towering header off Jon Taylor’s cross.

Moore said: “It was a gritty, determined performance and the work we did off the ball was good –when we got on the ball, we could have taken a bit more care and detail with it but I thought it was a fair result and both teams acquitted themselves well in difficult conditions.

“It would have been cruel for us to lose the game. I said to the boys I was proud of their spirit, their fight-back, and their endeavour. They’re giving everything they can, and you can’t complain about that. They’ve shown their willingness to take things on board and they’ve demonstrated a real fighting spirit in the opening two games of the season.

“What we’ve got here at this football club is a never say die attitude. Sads has scored a great goal in the 92nd minute of four minutes of added time, it’s a towering header and the draw was no more than we deserved. We’ve gone behind in both games, but we’ve found a way and that’s a really special ingredient to have at a football club.”

The turning point in the first half of the match came when Alex Baptise went down with an injury off the ball and Moore was able to shed a small amount of light on the injury.

He added: “We got rocked with Alex Baptiste coming off. We shifted Ben Sheaf into the back four and he did really well. Then we had to compose ourselves and get back into the game. Despite Rochdale’s rotation, I thought our work off the ball was good. You get knockbacks in football and it comes down to how you react to them.

“All I can really say about Alex at this time is that it doesn’t look good. He’s gone to the hospital, but until I get more clarification from the medical team I can’t say much more. We just hope that it’s nothing too serious but when we hear back from the hospital, we’ll know what’s what.”

Next up for Rovers is a trip to Sky Bet League Two Grimsby Town for the Carabao Cup first round. After that, Rovers welcome Fleetwood Town to the Keepmoat Stadium. Tickets for both matches can be purchased from tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk or from the Club Doncaster Box Office.


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