Manager on last night's game.
Manager Mark McGhee was pleased with much of his side’s performance at Ipswich in the Capital One Cup last night.
Although his side lost 3-1 to the Championship side he felt there were a number of positives to be taken from the game.
“I think a game away at Ipswich was always going to be difficult but we came here with a plan and, for an hour, the players executed that plan really, really, well.
“They kept their discipline, passed the ball when they could, and we fought back after going behind. I think that up to the hour mark we felt that we might have a chance of winning the game.
“We did start to run out of energy a little bit at that stage, and it was getting a little bit more difficult for us.
“Overall I think we can be reasonably pleased and I think the 3-1 scoreline was a little bit hard on us. Ipswich probably edged it, and I think 2-1 would have been a better reflection of the game.”
It was quite an even game in the first half and Rovers took the lead with a stunning goal from Michael Smith.
“I think that our formation bamboozled them a little bit and they were playing a lot of long balls that were going out of play. It was only when we started to tire a little bit that they started to get the ball into their strikers, and began to overpower us a little bit.
“For a long time I thought we did well and there were a lot of positives to take from the game.
“Michael Smith won’t play against a better winger in the league this season than he did tonight, and I thought he was superb.
“Wayne Brown and Joe Anyinsah came into the starting lineup and both did really well, though I have no real complaints about anyone.
“Sam Walker also came straight into the side and as well as making a magnificent save from the penalty, he made a number of other good stops in the game and was unfortunate with the goals.
“David Clarkson and Joe did a great job, in the first half of nullifying their attacking threat down the flanks. The Ipswich full backs love to bomb forward but were unable to very much in the opening period because they had nowhere to go.
“The first and second goals were disappointing, but we will discuss that with the central defenders. We have more personnel to come in, and we can improve on that performance.”
The manager was delighted with Sam Walker’s first game for the club.
“I think that Sam Walker showed that he will be a terrific signing for us. He has great stature, kicks the ball well, and tonight he made some very good saves. I think he was a little bit unfortunate to be exposed for the goals, but he made a great save from the penalty and I’m pleased that he’s here.”
Jim Paterson was injured in the build up to the home side’s first goal, but stayed on the pitch to complete the game and was described by his manager as a warrior.
“Jim is a warrior; he’s a left back who isn’t very tall, or very quick, but he’s a good footballer and he went in at centre half tonight and coped really well playing in that position. He’s a great player for the rest of the lads to have in the squad.”
On the matter of new faces, the manager had this to say; “Fabian Broghammer will be available now that his paperwork has arrived from Germany. It arrived too late for this evening, and I would have liked to have been able to use him from the bench against Ipswich, as his pace may well have troubled them.
“Other than that we have a bid in for a centre forward and we are hoping to continue discussions regarding the signing of a centre half before the game against Oxford.
“I would like everything completed before Saturday, but it’s not about me and what I want, as people have other ideas. It’s just a case of being determined about things, as I have been all summer, to get the two players that we are still trying to bring in.
“I think we are about to get them, and the decision to hold out and to get them here will be right if we get them before Saturday. However even if it’s after that then, in the long run, I think it will have been proven to be the right thing to do.”