The major concern over Doncaster Rovers that has been quickly addressed

Jon TaylorJon Taylor
Jon Taylor
There have been quite justifiable concerns this season that Doncaster Rovers have been somewhat one dimensional.

But it turns out those worries were a little premature.

Other than keeping their FA Cup campaign alive, the draw at AFC Wimbledon last week offered a strong indication that there is an alternative approach in development on the Cantley Park training ground.

And that is bad news for those in the upper reaches of League One.

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It has been well-documented that Rovers have endured problems finding an emphatic answer when opposition teams have set up with an approach that has sought to stifle their creative play.

That has undoubtedly led to dropped points this term and plenty of frustration.

However, boss Darren Moore has not sat idly by and shown blind faith in his impressive plan A to get the job done more often that not.

When Rovers get into their flow, that plan A helps them produce breathtaking performances, stunning creativity and excellent attacking play.

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There have been one too many occasions this term however when that flow has been stemmed by well-organised and well-prepared opposition.

Frustration over that arguably came to the boil in a thoroughly disappointing performance against Burton Albion earlier this month.

But the response in the following game at Wimbledon suggests plenty of work has gone into doing something about it.

Whether it be the sort of high press deployed by Burton or using plenty of bodies to stifle play a la Wimbledon, the ability to go long with attacking play is a valuable weapon in countering such defences.

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It is not necessarily in the nature of Moore or his Rovers side to attack in such a manner but it is something they need to be able to do.

Against Wimbledon, there were plenty of examples of Rovers taking a more direct approach.

Rather than simply looking to lift balls towards Kwame Thomas, the tall striker has arguably become more of a decoy than a target.

Instead, balls are played into the wide areas for pace or creativity to take over.

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Benefiting most from this was Jon Taylor whose pace and directness has helped him get on the ball and truly threaten for Rovers.

And James Coppinger too played a key role, pushing wider than he typically has this season and showing his trademark composure to slow down play and help create time for reinforcements to get up the pitch.

It is only the early stages of this development of a different approach but the fact it is happening at all is a real confidence boost in Rovers’ season.

Moore is not going to tear up the play book when it comes to what he wants Rovers to do out on the pitch. Instead, he is only adding to it.

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