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Moore rues missed chances

9 February 2020

Darren Moore was left frustrated as his side failed to capitalise on their chances against Rochdale.

Jon Taylor scored after 45 seconds but, while Moore’s side had plenty of chances to extend the lead, they could not find the goal.

“We look at it as two points dropped,” he said.

“We had enough chances to win the game and get the second goal and we didn’t do it.

“We had a good start to the game and in the first ten of fifteen minutes we had Rochdale on the backfoot but didn’t really capitalise on it. I remember us hitting the post and missing a rebound but after that the game sort of petered out.”

Rovers probably should have been awarded a penalty in the final moments of the match when Brad Halliday was dragged to the floor by his shirt in the Rochdale box, but Moore does not want his team to be in a position where they are relying on refereeing decisions.

“It was a penalty, but I don’t want to rely on that for us to win a game,” he added.

“Everybody in the ground felt it was a penalty. He’s pulled him back, but the referee hasn’t given it. It was frustrating but that’s part and parcel of the game. That was our opportunity to go and claim the three points, but we have to move on.

“I don’t want to wait on a referee’s decision to win the game. I thought we had enough chances to win the game ourselves on Saturday. We had the better chances and goal-scoring opportunities, we just didn’t get the final touch on the ball.”

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