Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore has moved to temper the expectations of the club’s fans, despite their promising start to the League One season, claiming his side are not yet the finished article.
Under Moore, who took over at the Keepmoat Stadium in the summer following his departure from West Brom in March, Doncaster have won four and drawn four of their opening ten league games of the season, leaving them tenth in the third tier standings.
Reflecting on his side’s start to the season however, it seems that Moore still believes that his side are adapting to their new situation following those changes over the summer, as he told the Doncaster Free Press: “The facts speak for themselves – I arrived here just before the start of the season.
“The team is relatively new. I think we’ve got two players starting that were starting games last season. We’re a squad, we’re in it together. It’s a new style of play, a new philosophy.”
Discussing how Doncaster will adapt to those changes, it appears Moore has a pretty clear and simple plan in place, as he continued: “You’ve got to talk about all of those dynamics that have come into play.
“The only way you keep implementing that and cementing that, is by the continued work. While ever we continue to work to try to get better the games are coming thick and fast.”
Despite that, it does seem as though Moore feels that some progress has been made with regards to his side, with the Doncaster boss adding: “But I’m hopeful that people have seen a change to the team that was here last season in terms of the personnel, the bodies and the style of play.”
One area where Moore believes his side still have room for improvement is in attack.
Donny have scored 13 goals this season – the second-lowest in the top half of the table – although Moore is confident the goals will start to flow as his side become more familiar with their new system, as he claimed: “They’re doing a lot of the hard work in terms of getting up there.
“When they get into those positions they need the finishing touch. It’s trying to replicate as much of those situations as you can in training so if those opportunities do arrive in training they’re better rehearsed in terms of taking those chances.
“We continue to work. As good as its been there are still aspects of our game that we’re working on.”
Doncaster are next in action on Saturday, when they travel to the Kassam Stadium to take on Oxford United.
I think this is probably a fair comment by Moore.
Having lost previous manager Grant McCann to Hull City in the summer – having just reached the League One play-offs – it does seem as though Doncaster are going to need some time to adapt to that change.
That is something that has arguably been reflected so far this season, where Doncaster have yet to quite reach the heights they did during the previous campaign.
Even so, when you look at the impact Moore had at West Brom in both the Premier League and Championship, it does seem as though they have got a good man for the job in place to help them kick on as the season progresses.