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10 November 2012

Manager delighted with the win but frustrated with the performance

Mark McGhee was delighted with this afternoon’s win, but he believes his side can do better.

Rovers picked up their first win in five, beating Chesterfield 3-2 at the Memorial Stadium this afternoon. 

The manager was frustrated with some aspects of the performance and felt confidence had been knocked by Tuesday’s defeat at the hands of Southend.

He said: “Generally I would say it is a fantastic result; I am delighted for the lads, delighted for the supporters – thank goodness we have given them something, even though it was hard earned.

“I sensed that there was something in us today, although in the first half I thought we could have done a lot better, I still felt the underlying thing was good.

“I always thought we were going to make a game of it. They showed good character, and they showed that they have got a togetherness that at times on Tuesday night I questioned. 

“I still want us to do better. I have got to give the lads credit for being pegged back and carrying on, but I still have to look at the nature of the performance, and we can do so much better and play so much better.

“I felt that Tuesday night had an effect on our self-belief, although we were nearly playing well in the first half, at times we were not passing the ball the way we know we can do.

“It was a frustrating performance for me, especially in the first half. The most important thing is the win, but we now need to go into the next game, and I need to find something to build on.”

Neil Etheridge made a rare mistake to allow Chesterfield to equalise early in the game.

Mark said: “The first goal was a freak, I am not quite sure what happened to Neil, I thought he had lost it in the sun, but he just lost his bearings.

“It is very unusual for him as he has been absolutely brilliant and made some great saves again today, so we forgive him for that. He is a terrific lad, with a terrific attitude, and it was just one of these things.”

And the manager had praise for both his strikers this afternoon.

“I recognised and admitted my mistake in trying to play Tom Eaves in the way I was playing him.

“For a player on loan to show such commitment to the cause and pick up from his disappointment on Tuesday night, I think shows that Tom has great character and we are thrilled to have him here. 

“We feel as if we play Tom to his strengths, he can do what he has done today. 

“I am a huge critic of Joe Anyinsah, but after the other night we looked around the squad for someone who could hold the ball up, and Joe was the one who stood out.

“The fact he got a goal as well is great, there is nobody happier for Joe than me. We were delighted with his performance and we were delighted he got a goal.”

And the manager’s plan for next week is to go through some DVDs and see how his side can cut out the simple mistakes.

He said: “Next week we are going to sit down and go through a lot of the videos of the season so far; look at them in detail, look at the simple mistakes and the times we are putting ourselves under pressure unnecessarily.

“There are simple things we can to make our lives easier, and those are the things we will be working on between now and the next game. That combined with the confidence they get for today should see us improve.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player

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