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MARK - I AM HUGELY DISAPPOINTED

7 November 2012

Manager on last night's defeat

Mark McGhee believes his system last night was positive, and blames the result on the inability of the side to keep hold of the ball.

Rovers suffered a disappointing defeat against Southend at the Memorial Stadium, losing 3-2 despite going 1-0 up within ten minutes.

Mark said: “I am hugely disappointed in the result, I was disappointed in the first half performance.

“I felt they played in a shape that gave us a little bit of a problem, but I set the team out in what I thought was a very positive way, playing Clarkson a little bit further forward and really try and play with four up front.

“But because we didn’t keep the ball up front, I felt Tom Eaves needed to keep the ball better and we know he can, it never allowed us to get in touch with them.

“I am still convinced that the way we set up was a positive one, but because we didn’t keep the ball well enough, it didn’t work for us.

“We changed it a little bit at half time to try and get ourselves back in the game and I think it helped with the difficulty their shape was giving us, but we lost a goal from a corner kick that put the game beyond us.”

The manager says he feels frustrated, because he knows that his team can do better.

He believes that the side that started last night is his best 11 at the moment, but he is prepared to adjust things accordingly for Saturday’s game against Chesterfield.

He said: “I feel frustrated more than anything, because I know we have a better performance than that within us.

“I will think a lot about how I prepared them, and how I set them up, but at this moment in time I don’t feel I have set them up in any other way than positive.

“I think the personnel that started are our 11 best players at this moment in time.

“Wayne Brown came on and did extremely well in terms of trying to get a bit of tempo into the game.

“We will look at Chesterfield, how they play, and we will pick mostly the same team that played tonight, adjust it accordingly, ask them to go out and get that first goal again, but this time hang on to it and push on from it.”

The manager will be looking to fix the problems within his team, most notably the affect of conceding.

He said: “At 3-1 down you throw everything at it, and I think it can look better than it actually is. The important point is when you go 1-0 up, what happens then.

“Instead of keeping the ball and passing the ball and getting a second goal we conceded on the counter and that seems to affect us.

“When we lose the goal we become less connected and look more like a group of individuals.

“So we are trying to explore that and fix that, because that is something that is going to undermine us unless we find a way to fix it.”

And the manager is fully aware that the patience of the supporters will not last forever.

He said: “We have to create something for the supporters to get behind. They were behind us when we went 1-0 up, but when we go 3-1 down how can you expect the supporters to be behind you.

“It was pretty quiet out there, but they didn’t put any pressure on the players. They let us play out the game, and they are showing a fantastic tolerance.

“But that will run out, their patience in the team, and me in particular will run out, so I know we need to start getting better results than we have been getting.

“But I still believe we have a group of players who can do that, and it is my job to produce that.”

For the full interview, and a more indepth discussion of last night’s formation, visit Gas Player


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