Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Club News


22 September 2012

Manager looking to bring in a new striker

Mark McGhee says he is hopeful of bringing at least one new striker to the club before next Saturday’s trip to Exeter.

The manager saw his side draw 0-0 with Fleetwood this afternoon, in what was a solid defensive performance.

However, the side were not able to make their possession and chances count.

The manager will now be looking to bring in one or two more faces who can help Rovers be more clinical in front of goal.

Mark said: “I am disappointed that we have not won the game, however I have been preaching about how Garry Kenneth will make us more secure, and Garry and Tom Parkes will make a good partnership, and that was true again today.

“We were much solid defensively, we won far more first headers from both of them and we gave ourselves a platform to win the game.

“If there is any criticism today it will be in the forward department where we were not able to score a goal. That said, we lost Matt Harrold last week to an injury, and maybe this was the day he would have got his goals.

“We are out there doing our best to find a replacement for him, and possibly another one that we were looking for before his injury.

“We will try and do business before next week, and try and get someone who will help us put the ball in the back of the net

“ I am hopeful to get someone in before next week, I have a list of strikers that I have been going through this week, and I will continue to do that. There could be a second striker as well, as we need strength in depth in that department.

“I think we went to try and win the game, and we did make chances. Dave Clarkson thinks he probably should have scored, so he will be disappointed.

“For the first week in a long, long time, the defensive side of the team can point the finger at the forwards.”

The manager had words of praise for Garry Kenneth, who was influential in defence, debutant keeper Neil Etheridge and striker Joe Anyinsah.

“Garry is a smashing footballer, he has a composure about him and he has a tremendous touch and good vision.

“Neil came and caught a few balls but it is difficult to make comparisons between him and Sam Walker.

“He has done well, it was a game for him to settle in, and the confidence of a clean sheet is always a good thing.

“I was pleased with Joe’s effort, he frustrates me at times, but I thought he lead the line well and gave us an opportunity to get up against them. He was strong and physical and held the ball up well at times.”

In summing up the game the manager said: “With the amount of possession we had and the amount of chances we had, we should be winning that game, so I am disappointed.

“But we have to look at the defensive of the team and there are positives there to build on.

“The supporters have to trust me that we will add a couple of players, which would have made the difference between drawing that game today and winning it.”

For the full interview go to Gas Player.

Advertisement block