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21 October 2012

Mark McGhee believes his side deserved all three points against Torquay despite a sloppy start to the second half which allowed the visitors back into the game.

A fantastic first half from Rovers saw the home side score two goals, but if it wasn’t for the heroics of the Gulls keeper Michael Poke, it could have been a lot more.

Torquay pulled two back after the break, but Rovers dug in to get the winner, and the manager believes they deserve credit for that.

He said: “I am little bit frustrated as I had such high expectations for the game, I really felt as if that first half performance was coming, to get the lead that we did was fantastic and everything that I had hoped for.

“What I didn’t expect was the start to the second half, it was sloppy. But credit to Torquay they hadn’t given up the game, 2-0 down and down to 10 men away from home, and they hadn’t given up.

“We deserve a certain amount of credit as well, as we didn’t bottle it, we kept working away to get the winning goal, and I think we deserved it.

“I was hoping our chance would come to get the win, but having seen the two goals against I was worried we might concede again.

“Once it went 3-2 I felt we would see the game out as we had learned our lesson. But there were times I thought we were a bit too open and maybe that was because they were down to 10 men and we were a little bit lax in our shape.”

The manager was delighted with Tom Eaves, who scored a brace.

Mark said: “I think he should have got a hat trick, but his second half performance really was terrific. 

“First half I thought he was good, I thought he contributed as well as the others, contributed and linked up well, but when the others were conspiring to try and lose us the game, he was the one, along with Wayne Brown, who kept the tempo up and kept us in with a shout of winning the game.

“I am delighted for him, delighted for his two goals and his second half performance was excellent.”

Mark believes the shape of the team was responsible for the sloppy start to the second half.

He said: “I thought the team shape wasn’t as good in the second half, and our tempo and urgency wasn’t as good, so I have had to question that.

“We have got through it, we have won the game, and I think we did deserve to win. We got two goals in the first half, which should be enough at home to go on and win the game.

“We have scored three goals at home, which is good, but I would have liked 3-0 to help our goal difference.”

Although the manager was able to field an unchanged side for the first time this season, he is still having to play players out of position.

But he could have a few more player available over the next few weeks.

He said: “We feel that we are still having to chop and change a little bit. We have got Dave Clarkson who I thought was superb in the first half and was instrumental in the way we played, but we would like to have him in a more forward position.

“I think he has the potential for goals and he can make things work up front. We still have more to come, so today’s performance was encouraging.

“Danny Woodards is training, but it will be a couple of weeks before he is ready to play, Shaqs played half an hour in the development game in the week and will play more in the next game, and is training full out.

“Riordan won’t make Tuesday night, but I suspect he will train before the end of the weekand he may make the weekend.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player

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