Manager's thoughts on defeat at Adams Parlk
Rovers returned home from Wycombe following another defeat on the road, beaten 2-0 at Wycombe.
Manager Mark McGhee, who had a long discussion with his players after the match said; “We came here today and I had no doubt in my mind what the result was going to be. I was very optimistic about the team we had out and the balance of that team.
“We had Tom Parkes and Michael Smith out wide and they are both good footballers. With the two strikers we fielded as well, I thought the balance was right.
“However it misfired and although we enjoyed a good ten minute spell at the start of the second half when we should, and could, have scored; we didn’t and were hit on the counter attack.
“It was a game we thought we had to win in the early stages because we didn’t think that Matt Gill or Danny Woodards would last the ninety minutes as they continue their comeback from injury.”
There were times when his side appeared a little bit sloppy in their play. And that the simple things weren’t being done as the manager would have liked.
“I think that was true at times, but that’s only one aspect of a lot of things that contributed to our defeat.”
Of the time spent with the players in the dressing room afterwards he had this to say.
“After a game such as that I look at myself, first and foremost, and the preparation I have done and the information I have given the players with regard to our shape, what I expect from them, and how I expect the game to pan out.
“Shaun (North) and I feel that we prepared the players well and gave them the information that was needed but they weren’t able to carry that information on to the pitch, which was very disappointing.
“We shouldn’t have conceded the goals wed did as we had bodies behind the ball and we should have scored after half time when we enjoyed a decent spell of pressure.”
There was a time in the second half when Rovers supporters were hoping to see Fabian Broghammer brought on, but the manager explained why he wasn’t used.
“He wasn’t fit and hasn’t trained all week as he’s had the flu. He wasn’t able to go out and make a difference but made up the numbers on the bench and that’s why Derek Riordan went on. I think he did alright when he went on, but I would have liked to have had the option to have to decide which one of them went on.”
“I felt we had enough in the side to make things work today and we started with what I think is our strongest team at this moment in time and at the moment we have to work with what I believe to be our best XI.”
While the league position is a cause for concern, the manager feels that his side has enough about them to start climbing up the league.
“We started the season with high hopes and felt that we would be competitive. I’m not saying we thought we would win the league, but we did think we would be more competitive than we are.
“We have had setbacks with the absence of key players, some of whom we are starting to get back now. We do have to start to recover the situation but there is a long, long, season ahead of us and while there’s a point when it will become unrealistic to think we are going to shoot up the table there is still time to recover the situation we are in. I still believe we have enough ability to do that.”
The supporters who made the trip to Adams Park were very vocal in showing their displeasure at their side’s failure to take all three points and McGhee understands their frustration.
“We spoke about our supporters before and after the game. They are key and I’ve told the players they can be sure that those here today are already voicing their concerns on internet forums and phone ins and will be questioning the team and myself.
“The players will have to stand up and face that and go out there next week and put on a display against Dagenham & Redbridge that goes some way towards putting today’s performance to bed.”