Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Match Previews


3 September 2012

Manager looks ahead to tomorrow's game

Bristol Rovers have been watching a lot of videos over the last few days.

After Saturday’s shock defeat to Morecambe the players were made to stay behind after the final whistle and watch the second half of the game where the side conceded three disappointing goals.

Following that post-morten, today the players have looked back on the first half of the Wycombe game to try and take the positives going in to tomorrow’s JPT first round against Yeovil.

Manager Mark McGhee said: “It is not something I have ever done before, but I felt we had to think about getting back on our bike.

“I didn’t want to go home Saturday without some answers, because at half time I was convinced we were going to win the game.

“We had all the possession and all the territorial advantage, but that final pass was not quite there. But I thought that in the second half if we kept playing and kept probing, eventually we would get a goal.

“We lost a disappointing goal for the first one, but the most worrying thing, and the reason we had a post-mortem for two hours after the game, was what happened after 1-0. there was a bit of a mental capitulation, and that was what concerned me more than anything.

“We have had our meeting, and what we now have to do is pick them up for tomorrow night and another league game on Saturday, both at home, and we will start that process by looking at the positives now.

“We will go away with the squad, look at the first half against Wycombe, look at all the good things they have done there, and remind ourselves that we are not bad.”

And the manager hopes that he will see a reaction going into two more home games this week.

He said: “It is not impossible in both these next games that we could go a goal behind, it is what happens then, and I will only know if the meeting we had on Saturday and the training we do before the game if we respond differently.

“Questions have been asked that we have to answer, but I am 100% confident we have enough ability here to win matches in this division, and we have the character and determination to do that.”

And Mark sees no reason why his team should be struggling at home, but he realises that the team have to give the crowd something to be positive about.

He said: “There is no reason that should be the case, we certainly have no fears about playing here and that was shown last season.

“I think we have got to give the supporters something to be positive about. They have seen two games at home, the Oxford game and the game on Saturday in the second half where there was nothing to be positive about, so it is up to us not up to the supporters.

“If we start winning games again this could become a great place to play again.”

And the manager insists he will not be making unnecessary changes to the side, following that defeat. 

He said: “It is the start of the season and we are still fitting it all together. I have got the squad that I want, I have a squad that I believe in, we just need to stand up and be counted.

“I am trying to pick what I think is my best team. Cian Bolger has joined us and he will be part of my best team, that is why we brought him here, so he will come in to the side. It is about where we make that change and how we make that change.

“After that I think we have to play our strongest team.”

And the manager knows that Rovers will face a stern test from Yeovil who currently sit second in league One after a great start to the season.

“I saw them against West Brom last week and I thought they were excellent. They have a bit of everything, and when I saw them the other night it was no surprise to me that they are doing as well as they are.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player

Advertisement block