Post match interview
Manager Mark McGhee, whilst pleased that his side took a point from yesterday's clash with Burton Albion, was disappointed it wasn’t all three.
“It’s a little bit frustrating not to have won the game because I think that when we were a goal to the good, at the start of the second half, we had chances to put the game a little bit further away from Burton and might have seen out the game.”
However his side gave away a needless free kick that enabled the home side to equalise.
“We then gave away what I would call a ‘lazy’ free kick when Fabian Broghammer stuck out a foot and it resulted in a goal, which was hugely disappointing.”
In a game dominated by midfield play, clear cut chances were few and far between.
“We felt we had a few chances as there were certainly some decent balls into the box and some decent shots on goal and the Burton goalkeeper made a double save just after the break.
“We had chances to score again, for sure. I said, before the game, that I felt we would need to score a couple of goals to win it and that proved to be the case, but my gut feeling after our failure to win is one of disappointment.”
Even though he had to make positional changes, McGhee still went for the win and sent on Adam Virgo late in the game to boost his attack.
“One thing we were short of today was attacking options on the bench as we had lost both Matt Gill and Derek Riordan through injury. That meant David Clarkson playing in midfield and I sent on Virgo in the last ten minutes, to give us a little bit more of a goal threat.
“I know that he can finish and head the ball and that he would be dangerous up front as well as being able to help us out in our own box, so I think it was a reasonable shout to put him on at that stage.”
Defensively, Rovers again looked solid.
“I think that’s been the case since Garry Kenneth came into the side and his arrival has made us look much more difficult to score against and much harder to beat.”
While the manager hopes to be able to play Clarkson in a more attacking role in the future, the marksman didn’t disappoint with another quality goal this afternoon.
“It was a terrific finish and when the ball dropped to him I was delighted because I fancied that, out of any of our players, he would be the one to score from an opportunity like that.”
Although disappointed not to have taken all three points, Mark paid tribute to Burton.
“I have total respect for Burton because any team in this league is capable of beating anyone else and they had chances in the last ten minutes to have won the game. From their point of view they scored a good goal from a great free kick in a really dangerous area.
“It put us under pressure and on the back foot and they got a number of balls into the box in the final ten minutes. We are frustrated with the result, but it’s a point away from home and we will take it.”
On an afternoon when there were many positives to take on board, the manager revealed just one more when he spoke of goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.
“His one month loan spell, from Fulham, will be extended and he will be with us until Christmas.”
Mark's full post match interview, together with an interview undertaken with David Clarkson can now be heard in full on Gas Player