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10 September 2012

Manager's Monday Press Call

Mark McGhee is looking forward to a good week at the training ground to prepare his side for this weekend’s trip to early table toppers Gillingham.

The manager was pleased with aspects of Saturday’s game, although he is looking for more consistency from his side going forward.

He said: “It is good to have a free week, not just from the point of view of looking at things and preparing well for Saturday, but also in terms of giving bumps and bruises a little bit longer to recover.

“It has also given us the opportunity to arrange a game for those who have not played every week to give them a bit of a run out.

“We have to be better than the opposition and take chances more than they do – that way we win games.

“It is not quite as consistent as we want it to be yet, but there were some good aspects to the game. I felt as if we dominated, and I thought we lost poor goals, which we are going to have to cut out to give a chance to start winning games.

“I am reasonably satisfied with the performance but realise there are areas we can get better.

“I think if we had lost it would have been a terrible blow for us, as this bad luck thing would have continued, and I think it would have been a difficult week going into the Gillingham game.”

Mark had particular praise for Dave Clarkson. “I think Dave Clarkson is influencing the game and the team performance – when Cian came off he went to right back and took responsibility.

“He shows leadership along with Matt Gill, and we need as many leaders out there as we can get. I think he is terrific, and he is only going to get better.”

Rovers lost Cian Bolger to injury on Saturday, but the good news is there does not appear to be any long term damage.

Rovers will also be boosted by the return of Seanan Clucas and Matt Lund from international duties.

Mark said: “It is too early to say for sure with Cian, but the consensus with the medical team seems to be that there is no long term damage been done.

“He is sore this morning, and came in on crutches like he was told to, to keep his weight off it.

“We are looking at the possibility he might be fit for Saturday, that seems a little unlikely to me, but it is good news that it doesn’t look like there is any long term damage.

“Matt Lund is back this morning, he was booked on Friday night and therefore is suspended for the game today. He will be training this morning, and Seanan will be back later in the week.”

In terms of the long term injured, Mark admits that he is worried about the fitness of Garry Kenneth, while Scott Bevan’s recovery is going slower than was hoped and Danny Woodards is on track.

He said: “I still worry about his general fitness and his weight. He works so hard in the gym and on the training ground, for me he should be doing better.

“I am a little concerned, and I don’t want to put him out there again until he is 100% fit.

“I know he can do a huge job for us, but I want to get him right. I have a lot of ideas about how I want to get him there. My determination is to try and get Garry Kenneth back into the Scotland squad.

“Scott we don’t yet have a defined prognosis. His operation I suspect will be a success in the end, but it has not been a success instantly, and he remains a bit of a concern. 

“Danny is on track, but still needs a lot of work. His clinical prognosis was always going to be mid to late October, and we are on track for that.

“We would expect to have him back playing by the beginning of November.”

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