Mark on today's draw
Mark McGhee was pleased with the effort and commitment showed by his team during this afternoons’ 3-3 draw against Bradford.
The manager says that regardless of what team he puts out, supporters should expect nothing less than 100% effort from them.
He said: “More than anything today we had to give our supporters some sort of sign that we are out there. The spirit is there and we all want to do well for the supporters.
“The players showed a tremendous amount of effort and there were some good performances. When they keep coming back at you you get nervous that they are going to go and nick the winner.
“But it think more than anything I was critical on Tuesday night that one or two didn’t give us enough, but I think they did today, and I think they had to. The supporters would be right not to tolerate anything less than what they got today.”
And the manager feels that the conditions helped make for an interesting game.
“I think the conditions make it treacherous for defenders, I think it is a day for forwards, as there are going to be mistakes.
“The quality of their set pieces put us under pressure, and we defended some of them, but didn’t defend them all and conceded, which was disappointing. To concede from headers was disappointing, we just didn’t deal with them.
“We scored three goals, so that has got to be a positive, Tom Eaves got another super goal.
“Michael Smith went into the middle of the park and I thought he did really well alongside Seanan Clucas in difficult conditions and he got us a goal.
“I think Michael is an all round player, he is a good football and he is learning and starting to look after himself. I knew he could cover the ground, and he is likely to score a goal.”
Guy Branston got a goal with his first touch for Bristol Rovers after just 79 seconds.
Mark said: 2We were delighted that Guy Branston scored, I thought overall his performance was good against a good player in James Hanson, and I think we are pleased he is here and he showed that he can help us.”
And Mark hopes to have a few more players to choose from going into next weekend’s game against Wycombe.
“We now hope that by next Saturday we might have Dave Clarkson, Gilly will have had another week, as he was not ready today.
“Tom Parkes might be back by next week, but Cian Bolger had a set back in training and twisted his ankle, so he will probably have another two weeks out.
“Matt Lund failed a fitness test, but a full week should see him fit. Even looking at the bench, that will be stronger next week, and should give us something to go on build on.”
Finally, after a difficult week, Mark had this to say. “I am doing the job to the best of my ability with what I have, and I am quite happy to be judged on that.
“I think it was important for me today to show the fans that I can get the team up, because regardless of whether I have a strong team or not they should expect the 11 that go out there to give 100%.”
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