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WE MUST PLAY THE GAME NOT THE OCCASION

10 April 2014

Manager on Saturday's game

Darrell Clarke has insisted that his players must learn to “play the game and not the occasion" going into this weekend's game.

Rovers take on struggling Torquay United on Saturday, and the first team manager knows that his side’s destiny is still in their own hands.

He said: “It is an important game. Torquay are fighting for their lives and realistically they are going to have to win their remaining five games to stay in the league, so it is a big game.

“We are four points off, but we are also only two points off 15th – and I like to look up rather than down.

“It is an opportunity for us, albeit against a Torquay side fighting for their lives. Our destiny is still in our own hands.

“It is a case of playing the game and not the occasion. Over the last couple of games the players have been a bit edgy and a bit nervous, and I want the players to get over that.”

Darrell has been pleased with the effort and attitude shown by the team, but he knows there are areas where the quality has to be improved.

He said: “There are one or two mind-sets I need to work on. The effort and attitude has been spot on this season, but that is a minimum for a footballer.

“What we have to do is raise the quality throughout the team, and one or two of the experienced players need to step up to the plate.”

And Fabian Broghammer could make an appearance for Rovers soon after coming through a reserve game in midweek.

Darrell said: “Fabian did really well. He looked like he tired after the first half, which is understandable after being out for so long.

“Fabian puts himself in contention as he is different from what we have got, and he is a player who can produce a bit of quality at the top end of the pitch.

“He is not going to be starting the game, but he might be working his way into the squad as needs must.

“I haven’t got that many players who can come on and make an impact in the attacking third as well as possibly Fabian can do on the wing.”

In other team news, Danny Woodards and Chris Beardsley are both back in training after missing the early part of the week.

Darrell said: “Danny and Chris are both back in training today, they have missed the early part of the week.

“They will be assessed over the next couple of days, and they have to be 100% right for me to even contemplate them starting the game.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player.

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