Manager's thoughts on defeat at Spotland
Manager Mark McGhee saw his side slip to a 1-2 defeat against Rochdale this afternoon and end the game with nine men.
David Clarkson had given his side the lead from the penalty spot, but after the home side had scored the two goals that gave them victory, Garr
Kenneth and Eliot Richards both saw red for reckless, and careless, challenges.
The manager, though, was still able to glean some positives even in defeat.
“Although we lost the gameI think there were a lot of good individual performances from us, and in the first half we had chances to increase our lead before Rochdale equalised.
“We then conceded an equaliser following a similar corner kick routine that we had seen Rochdale use on Tuesday. We worked on defending it in training, talked about it last night and again in the dressing room before the game, yet they still scored. That was hugely disappointing and led to a
goal that could, and should, have been avoided.
“The second goal was a result of us not doing the basics when we defend. Fabian Broghammer let the boy come inside and take a shot that took a deflection and ended up in the back of the net.
“From that point of view I think we were a little bit unfortunate to end up losing the game. We put a tremendous amount of work into it and, as I’ve said, there were some good individual performances from some of our players.”
He had no complaints about the red cards that will now keep Garry Kenneth and Eliot Richards out of Tuesday night’s game against Port Vale.
Kenneth’s was for two yellow cards and he will sit out the one game, but Richards received a straight red and will miss the next three games.
“Losing a game is the worst thing, but losing two players to red cards is almost as bad. Garry Kenneth is a better player than that and his second card came about because of petulance on his part. It was lazy, in a sense, and to get himself sent off in that situation was unprofessional and not what I expect from him.
“Eliot is a frustrated player at the moment and when he gave the ball away he lunged in on their player and I think the referee was right to send him off. I do think, though, that it was Eliot’s frustration that led to the red card.”
David Clarkson didn’t appear for the second half, having picked up an injury in a block tackle just before half time and it might be touch and go as to whether or not he plays on Tuesday against Port Vale.
“His ankle was tender and he was unable to continue but he will do his best to be available for the game at Vale Park. He’s not the type of player to want to miss a game. We certainly missed him in the second half today.”
There was good news, though, about Danny Woodards, who came through 65 minutes unscathed.
“I think Danny did really well in his first game back and in a central midfield position, but he had to come off as he simply ran out of steam.”
In order to turn things around, said Mark, Rovers have to; “take more of our chances defend better particularly at set pieces and maybe get a better rub if the green. I do think the players are working hard enough and we need to keep putting in the effort we did today and we will turn things around.”
There are also players on the way back from injury, with Matt Gill commencing training again tomorrow and Cian Bolger returning to training with the club on Thursday.
“They will play as quick as possible, but it will probably be another two weeks before they are ready to start a game.”