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MANAGER ON PLYMOUTH

19 September 2012

Mark's thoughts after point gained at Home Park


Manager Mark McGhee was pleased with his side's performance at Plymouth last night, and was particularly pleased with the way they played in the second half.

"I think it was a point we deserved, but it was so disappointing to lose the goal from range.

"I have to say, though, that I was a little bit enraged at half time, and I'm not usually like that. No matter what people think they see, there is often something going on where there is mitigation.

"Tonight I thought that, for some reason, in the first half we didn't seem to be playing to our full capacity and we certainly weren't flat out.

"When the players came into the dressing room at half time none of them seemed glad to see the break because they were exhausted, so I demanded that they upped the tempo of their game in the second period.

"I thought they did that and thoroughly deserved the draw."

Although their hosts edged in front in the first half, it was one of few occasions that they seriously troubled Rovers' defence.

"Plymouth didn't really threaten us at all but, equally, we had possession for a great deal of the first half particularly in the opening 15 minutes, and never scored a goal. That's when we needed to score, but we didn't.

"In the second half we were on the front foot and that was to do with the energy the players exerted. In the first half the players didn't appear to be busting a gut, to ask questions of their opponents, and the second half performance was much better.

"I was pleased with the way they battled back after going a goal down . We rallied and there were a lot more plusses out there than just the fact that we didn't lose."

There were words of praise for some of his players.

"I thought that Garry Kenneth was magnificent and showed what we have been missing all season, while the only threat we possessed in that first half was Fabian Broghammer.

"David Clarkson combined well with Fabian and he is an experienced player who,  I think, has done as well as anyone in this period. He's kept his head above water with his energy, his endeavour, and desire. It was there again tonight and I thought he had a great game."

He was also delighted with the equaliser, scored by Tom Parkes.

"He might be an unlikely goalscorer but he's a terrific footballer with great qualities in his feet, particularly his left foo,t and it wasn't a surprise to me that he finished the way he did."

The important thing now is that the side build on this result.

"As I came in the dressing room I heard the players say that and I hope it is, but we have a lot of work to do on Saturday to beat an in form team like Fleetwood."

The full interview with Mark is now on Gas Player, as is an interview with Tom Parkes

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