Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore set to prioritise his players’ welfare

Doncaster moved to within two points of the top of League One with a comfortable 3-1 victory over bottom side Burton.

Shuffle the pack: Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore.  Picture: Tony Johnson
Shuffle the pack: Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore. Picture: Tony Johnson

But manager Darren Moore says he will have to shuffle his resources to help Rovers cope with the hectic festive period.

Moore has alrady seen a number of his players suffer muscle injured in this compacted season and is trying to guard against further issues with nine games to play in 29 days.

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He said: “As much as managing the game is important, number one for me is the players’ welfare.

“There’s been an accumulation of soft tissue injuries in the squad and it’s definitely been down to the volume of games.

“Sometimes there will be changes, sometimes there won’t be.”

Rovers went in front from just about their first meaningful attack. Taylor Richards worked Cameron John in on the left and his low cross was calmly converted by Fejiri Okenabirhie inside the six-yard box.

Albion equalised a minute before half-time when Richards brought down Joe Powell. Lucas Akins stepped up to score his seventh goal of the season, beating Joe Lumley from the penalty spot.

But Rovers were back in front deep in first-half stoppage time from a penalty of their own. Michael Bostwick upended Okenabirhie, allowing skipper Ben Whiteman to net his eighth goal of the campaign.

And Richards added a third for Rovers just before the hour as the visitors sealed a fourth straight league win.

Burton Albion: O’Hara, Brayford, Hughes (O’Toole, 20), Bostwick, Daniel, Powell, Quinn (Gilligan, 66), Edwards (Lawless, 80), Ennis (Hemmings, 66), Akins, Vernam. Substitutes not used: Wallace, Eardley, Garratt.

Doncaster Rovers: Lumley, Halliday, Anderson, Butler, John, Smith (Hasania, 78), Whiteman, Taylor (Lokilo, 67), Richards (John-Jules 67), James, Okenabirhie. Substitutes not used: Wright, Jones, Amos, Coppinger.

Referee: Carl Brook (Sussex).

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