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McGHEE - WE HAVE TO TAKE THE POSITIVES

29 August 2012

Team taken confidence from Saturday's performance

Mark McGhee believes his side have taken confidence from Saturday’s performance against Wycombe, despite the game being abandoned during the second half.

Rovers put in a fantastic first half display, scoring three great goals, and the manager now wants his side to reproduce that form going into Saturday’s game against Morecambe.

He told bristolrovers.co.uk: “I was quite relaxed on Saturday. There are some things you cannot change, like referee’s decisions.

“When you are a young player you want to contest it, but the referee is never going to change it, and as you get older you come to terms with things like that.

“Saturday was like that, I understood there was no way I was going to change anyone’s mind.

“As much as it was frustrating you have to accentuate the positive. The positive was we scored three fantastic goals and started to see something that we have been hoping for.

“We have now got to try and reproduce that, but I think the performance has given them a confidence that they brought to training yesterday.”

The manager has said that there will not be anymore comings and goings before the transfer window closes.

He said: “I think we have done what we are going to do. We will let the window close and then if we still require something further along the line, we can go and get a loan. 

“We showed on Saturday that we have enough fire power to get on with it.

“I made the point last week about not rushing out to get a striker because I wanted to give Eliot an opportunity, because I believed he had it in him.

“I said to him before the game that there is no reason he couldn’t emerge as the top goalscorer this season, because he is as good a finisher as any of them.

“He stood up to the test on Saturday and confirmed what I believe. Now he has got to find consistency in his performance.”

The manager says he is concentrating on performance and not results, because once you get consistency in your performances, the results will follow.

He also wants his side to go into games believing they are the underdogs.

He said: “I think at the moment all I concern myself with is the performance. We cannot keep putting pressure on ourselves for results, what I am looking for is consistency. If we get that, we will get results.

“All the teams in this division have something about them, I don’t think you can underestimate anybody. On their day everyone can beat everyone else we don’t take anybody less seriously.

“We are playing with the attitude that we are the underdogs going into every single game, we know that we have to play as well as we can possibly play to be in with a chance of winning.”

For the full interview, visit Gas Player


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