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Moore pleased with battling display

30 November 2020

Darren Moore was pleased to see his side grind out a 2-1 victory at Carlisle United in the Emirates FA Cup second round.

Two goals from Ben Whiteman had put Rovers into a 2-0 half-time lead, before Jon Mellish’s late strike meant they had some late defending to do. 

He said: “The main thing is that we got the job done, we were professional in our performance and came up with two bits of quality. 

“Going into half-time with a two-goal lead we knew that it was about doing the right things in the second-half and seeing the game out. 

“We knew this wasn’t a straightforward tie and we knew what to expect from Carlisle, they get the ball forward quickly and bodies around it.” 

Whiteman’s goals took his tally to seven for the season in all competitions, and the manager says he did well to find space after being paid close attention to. 

He added: “When Ben is in those positions he’s got good composure and quality on the ball to be able to find the back of the net. 

“He was tracked closely during the game but managed to evade his marker twice and made them pay for it. 

“We feel we’ve got players in midfield who can take the burden off Ben and take players away to leave space for him.”

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