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Boss says ‘I can’t ask for much Moore’

- By SI­MON LOVELL at the Keep­moat Sta­dium Sports · Doncaster · Michael Appleton

DAR­REN MOORE be­lieves Don­caster’s win over Lin­coln was as close to a com­plete per­for­mance as his side have de­liv­ered this sea­son.

Ben White­man’s vol­ley de­cided a tightly con­tested game in the home side’s favour and Moore said: “It was prob­a­bly the best we have been.

“The op­po­si­tion that we played against and from a men­tal and phys­i­cal point of view, the du­ra­tion that we had to stay con­cen­trated in the game be­cause of the ques­tions that they asked... that was as close to a 90-minute per­for­mance as we’ve had.

“They changed their shape in the sec­ond half and we had to ad­just to that. It was a tac­ti­cal game be­tween two very sim­i­lar teams. I knew it was go­ing to be a tight game and I don’t think that there was any­thing be­tween the two teams.

“It was a great goal to win the game, a great move and it needed to be some­thing spe­cial be­cause Lin­coln possess a strong de­fen­sive core.

“In terms of foot­ball played at this level, I was pleased with the work that we did off the ball.

“Lin­coln are lead­ing the way for a rea­son – they play ef­fec­tive foot­ball. We knew we needed to be at our best and we were.” Imps boss Michael Ap­ple­ton, whose side were knocked off the top of the ta­ble, ad­mit­ted: “I thought we were sec­ond best. We were al­most like the nearly men.

“We’ve been play­ing ever so well of late but I thought they were quicker and sharper to sec­ond balls in the right ar­eas.

“It was a fan­tas­tic strike for their goal but the build- up and the way it came about should have been bet­ter from us.

“It might have been a game too far for us but I hope not be­cause we have got an­other big game on Tues­day.

“We just looked slightly be­low what we have been this sea­son.”

 ??  ?? HOP TO IT Lin­coln’s Tom Hop­per vies for pos­ses­sion with Rovers’ Reece James, (left) and Ben White­man
HOP TO IT Lin­coln’s Tom Hop­per vies for pos­ses­sion with Rovers’ Reece James, (left) and Ben White­man

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