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MetiNews.Com - The Black Cats put in a better performance at the Keepmoat Stadium but were denied the win by a late Fejiri Okenabirhie goal
Breaking News ! Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Moore felt his side deserved their late equaliser against Sunderland at the Keepmoat Stadium. The Black Cats were left reeling by Fejiri Okenabirhie's injury-time goal which denied the visitors all three points following Grant Leadbitter's superb goal just before the break. Sunderland were in control for large parts of the game and, while Doncaster had come into the contest more in the second half, the Wearsiders were worthy of their lead after one of their most positive performances of the campaign. However, Rovers boss Moore gave his side huge credit for staying in the game, and revealed he had altered their tactics at the break, which he felt ultimately led to the dramatic leveller. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now "Sunderland set their stall out," Moore said. "They are a very, very strong rearguard to try and break down and that's probably why that goal meant more to me and was as an important a goal this season because the of the way the boys kept probing. “I looked at the game and I thought for the first 10-15 minutes we were really bright. “They had a spell in the game where they just found their shape and we got caught in between - do we go or do we stay off? “When we did go, we didn’t go all together so at times we got picked off in certain areas and we felt ourselves having to do almost double the work in terms of getting up and defending. “At half-time we made one or two adjustments and that just jinked the team shape a bit more and made us more solidified. “It also put them on the back foot and the pendulum swung back into the second half." Read More Related Articles Phil Parkinson laments 'cruel' blow as Sunderland concede late equaliser at Doncaster Read More Related Articles 'Parkinson won't get us promoted' - fan reaction as Sunderland drop points after late equaliser at Doncaster Rovers While Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson was left understandably frustrated by the result, Moore felt his side deserved credit for the way they persevered. “It was a clear game of chess today from both managers and both teams," he added. “I thought it was a good game and nothing surprises me with the level and type of game it was. “To go a goal down against that type of opposition, I’ve got nothing but credit for the players in terms of that.
. "That goal probably meant more because of the way they kept at it, they way they kept going,” he said. "Sunderland are a good team and we knew it would be another tight game. "To unpick them like that with Brad Halliday's brilliant bit of skill to make it was excellent. "I was pleased with the players and I said they deserved it for the way that they kept at it." Not surprisingly, Parkinson felt Sunderland's performance had deserved all three points, but was at least pleased with the improvement from recent displays. "It hurts when you concede late in the game, but I thought that first half was the best we've played for a long time," the Black Cats boss said. "I thought we were excellent. Some of the football we played and some of the movement in the wide areas, I was very pleased.
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"Doncaster came into it in the second half to a certain degree, which you would expect because they've beaten some good teams here, but I still felt we had enough control in the game, we just needed to go and get that second goal. "It's a game where we should be talking about three points, but we're not. We’re disappointed with that, but I do take heart from a lot of the football we played because I thought it was a lot better and we looked a lot more threatening." Sunderland take on Fleetwood Town on Friday night at the Highbury Stadium, after Joey Barton's side moved ahead of the Black Cats on goal difference. The Cod Army romped to a 5-1 home victory over Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, with all five goals coming in the first 55 minutes.
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