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Moore urges Rovers to remain focused

19 December 2019

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Darren Moore has urged his side to remain focused as they head into a busy festive period starting with Accrington Stanley at home on Saturday.

Rovers are currently seven points outside the play-off places with three games in hand but Moore says he will not allow himself to be distracted from the task in hand.

“The games in hand will come eventually but my main thing is not lifting my head and taking my eye off the ball. When you start looking elsewhere like at the games in hand, you then start not worrying about the game ahead of you,” he said.

“Let’s all remain focused, let’s all go into this game together and remain focused together. We’ve got a great game on Saturday – they’re a good team and we have to focus all our energy on that.”

Moore believes the experience of Stanley’s management team has been key to their recent good run of form and expects to face a well-organised outfit.

“Accrington Stanley have got an incredible management team with vast experience in John Coleman and Jimmy Bell – they’ve done a remarkable job at the football club,” he added.

“They’ve got good energy, they are team that are full of confidence and play on the front foot. They play the game in the right way, asking questions defensively and they’ll come here and want to show what they’re about – which is hardworking with attacking flair.”

Team spirit is high and Rovers enjoyed a Christmas meal on Sunday with all the players and staff donning Christmas jumpers.

“Sam and Vicky have done a Christmas spread down at the training ground and what a wonderful spread it was so thank you very much to them,” Moore said.

“I didn’t know the meal was going to be like this but I had been told that they did a mean Christmas dinner at the training ground and it was a lovely one. I’m sure the players and staff enjoyed it as well.”

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