Doncaster Rovers face a daunting challenge on Tuesday night as they host a Blackpool team that is currently winning five games.
Although Darren Moore’s side, who recorded a dramatic late draw with Sunderland on Saturday, are two points ahead of their upcoming opponents in the middle of the League One table, they won’t be the form side.
After a difficult start to the season, Blackpool has really started to get in shape under Neil Critchley, who has a team full of attacking talent who have started to show their potential. They extended their successful run with their best win so far last weekend when they had their own late joy, a 90. Take minute winners at leaders Peterborough United.
« It’s going to be a great game at the Keepmoat tomorrow night, » said Moore. « (There are) two teams that are advancing, two teams that play good football. ”
Regarding Blackpool’s threat, he said, “The top four are excellent at this level. They score goals, they create, they pose a real threat.
“From our perspective, we know that the threat they pose is enormous. They have some very good players, experienced players at this level, who give every defense a run for their money, individually and together as a team. ”
There are many similarities between the men who will stand in opposing dugouts during the game. Both have made names in youth training – Critchley in Liverpool, Moore in West Bromwich Albion – and are taking those skills into their current roles to help build young teams to compete in the top division.
Moore said, “I look forward to seeing Neil tomorrow night. He put his stamp on them, he has a wonderful, exciting team. He’s a man who knows what he wants. He knows what he wants to achieve, he knows what his team should look like. We are slowly starting to see signs of these attributes in the team.
« Myself and Neil both went the academy development path and we both really get our teeth put into the work. We are both trying to put together a team that we believe will be competitive at the level we are at. It’s good to see from my lens what Neil is doing there and to credit him for what he’s doing. ”
There were no new injury concerns for Moore, but he did confirm midfielder Taylor Richards would be able to start the game after returning from the bench against Sunderland after an injury.
The next of Doncaster’s injured contingents is winger Jon Taylor, who is contested after a muscle strain although Moore is reluctant to push him back too soon.
Joe Lumley will remain in goal after signing an emergency loan from the Queens Park Rangers last week. The seven-day arrangement has to be extended after that, and Moore said, « I’ll probably call her on Wednesday and then have the discussions. Both clubs thought at the time that we should get those games out of the way. ”
Doncaster’s longest absence was Rayhaan Tulloch, who played only two games on loan from West Brom before sustaining a hamstring injury. The striker is recovering at his parents’ club and Moore expects to hear what will happen for him next later in the week.
Clubs in the EFL can now hire five substitute players in each game, which offers the coaches new opportunities, but also new dilemmas when it comes to the optimal use of the new tools.
When asked if the additional subs would change the way his squad began to rotate, with more rotation during games and less line-up changes between games, Moore said, “You could do it under this one Look at the aspect, but at the same time you still have to look at the volume of the games and that still has to really take off.
« With the size and volume of the upcoming games, the rotation will still be visible in the starting XI. « . It is what it is in terms of teams and what games dictate it.
“Sometimes we, as managers, are determined by the way the games are played because we care about the health and wellbeing of the players and because there were too many acute injuries at the beginning of the season. Hence, you still have to take this into account.
« For all managers this season we are facing new dimensions and dynamics in the game. There is no right or wrong way. ”
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