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One-time Charlton Athletic and Bolton Wanderers target Kieffer Moore believes Leyton Orient and Burnley goals have bridged gap from Dorchester Town to Yeovil Town

By WGSweet  |  Posted: January 12, 2014


Kieffer Moore in action for Yeovil Town against Burnley. Picture by Gary Day/Pinnacle

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KIEFFER Moore admits the step from the non-League to the Sky Bet Championship has been “massive” but believes two goals in as many games shows he has adjusted to the leap.

The towering centre forward arrived at Yeovil Town in the summer from Dorchester Town, as the Glovers fought off competition from Charlton Athletic and Bolton Wanderers for his signature.

Initially identified as a talent for the future, Moore had to be content with substitute appearances and reserve team games along with a rare start in the Capital One Cup against Birmingham City.

As recently as last month manager Gary Johnson suggested the 6ft 6ins teenager could be converted to a centre half.

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However, a cool finish in the 4-0 FA Cup defeat of Leyton Orient and a cross-come-shot that gave the Glovers hope against Burnley has seen him climb the Huish Park pecking order.

Reflecting on his rapid four-division rise, former Torquay United and Truro City striker Moore said: “It’s massive, the game’s so hard.

“Against Burnley, Danny Ings is a magnificent striker and we saw how if you give him an inch he will take it.

“The step up is massive but I’m getting accustomed to it and hopefully I can kick on from here. I’d love to start a game. We will see how next week’s training goes and see what happens.

“I’m absolutely delighted to score another goal. I was making sure it got to the far post so I’m delighted it went in.

“The manager just tells me to give my all and go in hard, that’s what I’ve tried to do. I have tried to work the width and go in hard down the line.”

The Glovers started 2014 in the Championship with a 2-0 defeat to Burnley and although the result only compounded their relegation woes, Moore said spirits remained high.

“We’re a bit disappointed to lose but the morale’s high,” he said. “I think we were in the game and towards the end we were definitely in it.

“They scored in the 50th minute and we were unlucky to concede that, but after that we pushed and pushed and we had loads of chances we should’ve put away.

“It’s one of those things where you have got to get yourself not necessarily angry but in that game mode and anything can effect that. Everyone was in that but we were just unlucky.

“I don’t want to keep saying we’re unlucky but that’s a fact. We just need a run of results and we will be fine. Morale is high and we need that good run of results to get going.”

On his development, Gary Johnson added: “He's going to be a good player and we need to have patience with him.

“He's jumped up 28 leagues, he's got it all there, it's just going to be about the confidence in himself.

“He's got all the technique and when it hits him on the bum or the back of the head it's through his lack of experience as opposed to his lack of ability. When he gets that confidence I think we'll see a top player.”

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