Manager disappointed with the result
Mark McGhee was disappointed to see his side go down 2-0 at home to Oxford on the opening game of the season this afternoon.
However, he stressed that it was just the first game of a long season, and there was a long way to go.
He told bristolrovers.co.uk: “You work all pre season with this game in mind, and you hope and expect, but we didn’t read that script.
“It was two disappointing goals, two mistakes that cost us the game. Our finishing was poor, and our final ball was poor. We have hit the wall from decent positions and taken corner straight into the keeper’s hands. It was difficult to maintain any really energy because of the heat.
“It was a hugely disappointing start to the season, but it is just one game, we have to try and regroup and try and do better.
“I think any time we did get in behind them was from the goalkeeper’s kicking, but that is not what we really want to be doing, we want to play more football and passing the ball.
“What we have seen is that teams won’t allow us to do that easily so we have to improve and learn to pass the ball better. But even going a more direct route we need to be better.”
The two second half substitutes came on and influenced the game, and Mark explained after the match why they did not start.
He said: “I thought Eliot went on and did really well and Fabian showed the home crowd a little bit about what he is about.
“People will be asking why they did not start; Fabian was not playing because he wasn’t ready to play 90 minutes and Eliot wasn’t playing because he has not done enough to show us that attitude and appetite he showed when he came on.
“If Eliot shows that then we shouldn’t really have any need to go out and get another striker, but he need to show it more consistently.”
And Mark confirmed that centre forward and centre back were the two places he was most keen to strengthen.
He said: “We do have a couple of targets that we will now explore and decide which one we will go for. The supporters should be thrilled with the commitment the board are showing that they are prepared to stump up that sort of cash at this end of the football league.
“We have to make sure we use that money wisely. We want to strengthen and feel we need more goals in the squad and we need more cover at the back. Tom Parkes is a player we are still interested in.”
For the full interview visit Gas Player