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Moore: Momentum key in Rotherham win

7 September 2019

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Darren Moore felt his side's second-half momentum was key as they came from behind against Rotherham United to claim local bragging rights in the South Yorkshire derby.

Jake Hastie fired the Millers ahead, but James Coppinger's cool volley just after the hour mark drew Rovers level and Ben Whiteman sealed all three points with an 88th-minute penalty.

Moore said: “It was another tough game and a typical local derby. Rotherham set their stall out early to nullify us and male it difficult. They got that all important goal and what was important for us at that point ws that we didn’t go another goal behind.

“I said at half time, we’ve got to find ways to get back into the game. They kept at it and when the chance that we had fell to James Coppinger, he was calm in that situation. Once we scored the equaliser the momentum in the ground went in our favour and it gave the players that lift to keep pressing and showing what we’re about.”

Moore reserved extra praise for the three substitutes who helped change the game in the second half, particularly Niall Ennis who had a hand in both Rovers’ goals as he created the leveller then was pulled back for the decisive spot-kick.

He said: “It’s a squad effort and I thought all three of the substitutes - Niall, Matty Blair and Kieran Sadlier - came off the bench and made a difference.

“I really thought Niall gave us good direction and impetus. He’s a lovely dribbler and runner with the ball and he’s got good upper body strength. I thought he put their two centre-backs on the back foot with his energy in and around the box. He might have scored himself, but he’s had an impact and played a big part in us coming back and getting the win.”

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