Opposition view: Moore admits early red had 'massive impact' on Doncaster's win over Cobblers

Rovers were made to work hard despite numerical advantage
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Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore admitted Shaun McWilliams' red card was a big reason for his side's 2-0 victory over Northampton on Saturday.

McWilliams was sent for an extremely early bath after just 18 minutes, leaving the Cobblers with a tall order. There was no lack of effort on the home side's part but goals from Tyreece John-Jules and Joe Wright helped Doncaster back to winning ways.

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"I thought the players were solid today," said Moore. "We knew it would be a difficult game but they all did their jobs and I'm really pleased with the three points.

"I think their player is risking a red card with how he challenged for the ball. Studs were showing and he made contact in his follow through so I think it was the right decision.

"It obviously has a massive impact on the game, especially for Northampton. They were trying to stop us but to go a man down against a team that likes to dominate possession of the ball was going to make it a difficult afternoon for them.

"Once we got the goal and got our noses in front, I felt we were comfortable. They had to come at us and that left space and pockets for us to operate in and that's how it turned out with the second goal.

"I was pleased with the goals but I was more pleased with how solid and professional we were and credit to the players for that."