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30 September 2012

Manager on yesterday's win at St James' Park


Manager Mark McGhee declared himself a relieved man after his side gained their first three point haul of the season, at Exeter, yesterday.

"The feeling after getting that first win is one of relief and whether we deserved to win it or not, we had to win a game somewhere along the line already.

"There was a lot of hard work put into the game and I think we won thanks to two fine individual goals. I would have liked to have seen us win with more of a team effort than having to rely on two individual goals such as those. I believe we can still play better than we did today, but we brought in a couple of new players who came in and did fine and we will build on that."

The star of a gritty Rovers performance was David Clarkson.

"David Clarkson scored the first goal and he deserved it and as the game went on the amount of running he did, right up until the last minute, was outstanding. He really drove us from a wide position early on and up front later on. His work rate today was unbelievable."

There were mentions, also, from the manager for other members of his side, though he was quick to praise the efforts of all 14 players.

"Fabian Broghammer got us up the park, which was great, but at the end of the day he needs a little bit more quality with his crossing to help create a goal, or a chance. I was pleased that he worked hard and concentrated on his job. He was a little bit unlucky that they scored after he lost possession but these things happen."

Whilst both of his new strikers started the match it was one of the old guard, Eliot Richards, who scored the winning goal.

"I said earlier in the week that if I signed a striker and he never played because the striker already in place improved, I’d be happy with that. Today it was about the 14 players who were on the pitch at one time or another.

"Eliot went on and got a goal and put in a shift towards the end of the game and I was delighted with that and delighted for him.

"It looks as though Tom Eaves needs games, but we saw a little bit of what he's about and he will get better. We will work with him as it's a while since he's played at this level and I think he will do well for us.

"Similarly, Derek Riordan also needs games but I think we saw a lot of decent touches from him. He is one of those players who can be a bit anonymous in a game and then pop up with a bit of skill, or a goal, that you aren't expecting, but that's the way he is.

"It would be great to build on this win with two more in our home games against Cheltenham and Northampton. I saw Cheltenham play on Friday night and they are a well organised and hard working side and it will be a difficult game for us."

The travelling supporters, who were in superb voice, were also praised by the manager.

"The fans today were brilliant and I am so relieved for them that we have got them a result. The support they gave us was outstanding, as it has during all the time we have been struggling for a win."

The full interview with Mark, along with the thoughts of new striker Derek Riordan, can be heard on Gas Player


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