Manager on point gained against AFC Wimbledon
Manager Darrell Clarke seemed grateful for a point when he spoke after the game against AFC Wimbledon.
A tense, and at times, nervy match ended goalless at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, though it has to be said that the home side had the best of the few clearcut chances that we saw all afternoon.
Rovers were poor in the first half but improved after the break, due to the change to a 4-4-2 formation.
“We weren’t really at it in the first half and so I changed things around at half time rather than wait and I think we looked better going forward in the second half.
“It was tense out there, as you could see from the way we played. The players are edgy and don’t want to make mistakes. We need more, we know we do, and I’m not going to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes;
we have to be better.
“It’s a point closer to where we need to be. AFC Wimbledon will probably think they are unfortunate not to have won the game, but we dug in.”
Not for the first time this season, Rovers were indebted to their defenders, who not only helped gain a point, but kept a clean sheet for the 15th time this season.
“They are strong and we need to continue that good defensive form for the remaining five games.’
All eyes now turn to next Saturday’s home game against Torquay.
“We move on and all of our focus is on that game and we need as many of our supporters as possible to come down to the Memorial Stadioum to get behind the lads.
“The support we had here today was fantastic and they will go away disappointed with the performance, but pleased with the point we have gained.
“We do need to be better in all areas of the pitch but now we have a full week on the training ground to work on things before next weekend.
“It was important that we picked up a point today given that some of the teams around us won.
“We have five games to go and we are four points off a relegation place, but if you look at the table there are a lot of teams only a point or two better off than us
and they will be looking over their shoulders as well, so it’s going to be a tense end to the season.”