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Doncaster Rovers looking to "build on positives" in 2020/21

23 September 2020

Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore is hoping his side can build on the positives of last season, during what he expects to be a challenging campaign.

Rovers are just one of seven sides in Sky Bet League One to have made an unbeaten start to 2020/21, carding a win and a draw from their two league fixtures so far.

Moore's side sit fourth in the standings going into the weekend, and he believes that getting into an early groove could prove crucial after the long break.

“It’s about taking last season and trying to build on those positives," he said. "We want the players to find the cohesion and rhythm really quickly. Can they settle down and get going or do they need games to find their rhythm and timing?

"It’s been a careful process, trying to get them back up to that level of competition. It’s been a challenge but you hope that the work you’ve done allows the players to find their rhythm quickly."

The current climate brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic means that football is being played in unprecedented circumstances, and while Moore expects that to make life as a manager more difficult, he also feels a sense of duty to those away from the club.

“This season will test all your skill-sets as a manager, in terms of dealing with the day-to-day aspects and the football side of things," he added.

"We have a duty to oversee and manage the players and staff, but also the community looks to the football club, so a lot of people have missed going to matches at the end of their week.

"That’s been missing so, as a manager, your role is to keep the harmony in the community and the club and send out positive messages. We’ll work together and get back to normality."

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