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28 April 2014

A chat with the manager

Darrell Clarke knows there is still plenty of work to do to ensure Bristol Rovers’ League Two survival.

The manager was delighted to get three points away at Wycombe, but with a point still needed to secure safety, he knows the job is not done.

He said: “The job is nowhere near done and I don’t want the players getting carried away.

“I am delighted we won and the destiny is still in our hands, but we still have a lot of hard work to do.

“I want players to enjoy winning and I want to build a winning mentality, but we have to prepare right for the next game. 

“I wanted us to cut out the individual mistakes, and my message to the players was ‘do your individual jobs right and make the right decisions.’

“And I thought we did that better on Saturday, we limited Wycombe to not many attempts on our goal.”

Darrell wants his team to stay relaxed and take the game to Mansfield on Saturday.

He said: “I will be relaxed with the players. Inside I might be a bit edgy, but the players won’t see that. I will be going into game confident.

“We are at home, we will have full house, the fans will be behind us, so let’s put on a show and get at this Mansfield team.

“We don’t want to be in a situation at half time Saturday when we are looking at the other results, we have got to do it for ourselves and we have to take the game to them.

“I was born and bred in Mansfield and I started my career there, but I am Bristolian now and all I care about is making sure we stay in the league this season.”
And yet again the crowd will have their part to play. Darrell said: “The potential of this football club is there for everyone to see. I have never seen anything like it in the lower leagues.

“The Memorial Stadium will be rocking on Saturday and if they can help get us over the line, they certainly will, just like they have been doing all season.”

And once the final whistle goes on Saturday, there will still be a lot of hard work for Darrell as he looks to build his own team.

He said: “There is a lot of work to do. I want to build my own squad.

“I have been at the football club 11 months, but I haven’t been making the decisions. Now I am making the decisions, albeit after deadline day.

“I have assessed the players all season, but when you are the manager you are assessing them even more and seeing how they react.

“You find out a lot about players and their characters when the chips are down.”

Fore the full interview visit Gas Player.

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