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MANAGER ON FIRST HOME WIN

6 October 2012

Mark McGhee described picking up the first home win of the season as a ‘great relief’.

Rovers beat Northampton 3-1 at the Memorial Stadium, with Tom Eaves, Garry Kenneth and Oliver Norburn all scoring their first goals for the club.

The manager was delighted with his team, but still feels there is a lot more to come.

He said: “It is a great relief to get that win. Right from the start we lost Matt Gill with a knee problem, David Clarkson took a knock in the first half and Derek Riordan was struggling, and you are thinking oh my goodness.

“We did get a leg up when they had a player sent off, that did help us particularly in the second half when we managed to move the ball a bit better and caused them problems.

“I was delighted with the second half performance, but still think we can do an awful lot better. We had to improvise all over the pitch, so I think the boys deserved the win today.”

With the game all square at half time, and with the visitors down to 10 men, Mark’s message was not to panic.

He said: “You have got to be patient when playing against ten men. They are going to get people camped in around the edge of their box, especially as we want to pass the ball.

“My message to them at half time was don’t become impatient, don’t be trying the impossible.”

Although the first goal was vital, Mark believes the third was the most important.

“The first goal was terrific, but at that stage the game isn’t done. At 2-0 you are hopeful, but then it goes to 2-1 with 15 minutes to go and it is hairy, but luckily we got the third goal and it settled us right down.

“It was great for Tom to get his first goal. I think you saw a change in his body language after he scored, he seemed freer and more energetic, and I think it will do him the world of good.”

Rovers have had injury problems, and will now be sweating on the fitness of Matt Gill, David Clarkson and Derek Riordan, but Mark is not willing to use that as an excuse.

He said: “I will pick the team from the players I have available.  I hope we have not complained too much about the players that have been missing.

“I felt all along we had enough to win games and we have not been winning games, it has been more about that then those who have been missing.

“We are getting close to our full squad as long as the boys today don’t have any long term problems.”

The manager believes his side have been steadily improving, but says there is definitely still more work to do and more to come from his team.

He said: “We had two draws and a win, and then the other night we didn’t play that badly. We made one catastrophic mistake that resulted in a goal, and although we huffed and puffed we didn’t get the goal.

“Otherwise it wasn’t that different form today and we won 3-1. We had to keep believing in what we are doing and in each other.

“The crowd were fantastic , they have never put any pressure on us at any stage, and that has allowed the young players in particular to go and play their game.

“We have improved over the last four games, today we have won 3-1, but I think we had an enormous about of help with the sending off, so in a sense I am still holding my breath.

“I think we have an awful lot more to do and an awful lot more to come. We are grateful for the result, some of it was very good, and some of it we can do better.”

For the full interview go to Gas Player


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