Manager on today's defeat
Darrell Clarke described today’s defeat at the hands of bottom of the league Torquay as ‘not good enough.’
He now knows that his players have to stand up and be counted going into the final four games of the season.
He said: “To say I am disappointed is an understatement. I thought the first 15-20 minutes we started the game quite brightly and had one or two opportunities, and then it was a bit of a dull affair until half time.
“Second half we never got ourselves going and we found ourselves 2-0 down quite quickly and we only really had a go in the last ten minutes, which is unacceptable given the position we are in.
“We conceded a goal from a set piece, which has been happening too often, and the lads weren’t into it.
“It is not good enough and one or two of the players showed me today that they were not up for the fight.”
The manager is prepared to take his share of the responsibility, but believes his players must also step up to the plate.
He said: “I look at myself and take the responsibility, they are my players and I pick the team, but now we have to focus on the next team which is Portsmouth.
“There will be 17-18,000 there and I have to pick the team that I think has got the right character to go about the game.
“I think one or two of the young boys froze, but I picked the team and I will take the responsibility.
“They have looked really bright on the training ground this week, but when it comes to crossing the white line they have not performed.
“I don’t think I could have been anymore attacking in the line-up I went with today, but second half we didn’t come out of the changing rooms.
“The destiny is still in our hands with four games to go and I will be picking a team this week who shows me they want to wear the shirt and overcome the fear.
“There is a lot riding on it, but I will be leading from the front. It is about people standing up to be counted.”
And the manager completely understands the frustration shown by the fans at the final whistle.
He said: “The supporters want to see more, I want to see more, and we deserve the stick we got. I am here to stand up and be counted, and I need the players to do exactly the same thing.”
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