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23 August 2014

Manager on first win of the season

Darrell Clarke was pleased to see his side pick up their first win of the season this afternoon, but the manager will not be getting carried away.

He said: “It was a positive performance, but it was a bit of a scruffy game at times.

“The pleasing thing for me is we kept going and stayed strong as a team, and a great strike from Ollie Clarke wins the game.

“I am delighted with the three points and the clean sheet. The performance warranted more goals, and maybe on another day we would have scored three or four.

“You have to earn your right at times, and sometimes you have to win scruffy games 1-0.

“It is about getting the winning mentality into the group, but we won’t be getting carried away, as I believe there is a lot more improvement in there.

“Winning football matches brings confidence, we take the three points and move on to the next game.

“I hope the first week of the season was the kick up the backside that we needed. We have to approach every single game right and be strong and disciplined.”

Rovers now have to ready themselves for their next game, which is a trip to Forest Green Rovers on Monday.

Darrell said: “The next game comes quickly now in less than 48 hours, which is less than ideal, especially when you go to a team like Forest Green with their spending resources.

“But we will go there with good backing and we will go and do ourselves justice. It is a really good game to play in, they have some good players.

“They played Friday night so they have had a bit more rest than what will we have, but we will be ready and prepared.”

And in terms of team news ahead of Monday, the manager will assess Mark McChrystal’s ankle at training tomorrow.

He said: “We have to wait until Mark McChrystal’s ankle to settle down, and see where we are at.

“Ryan Brunt was not rested, he didn’t train a couple of days this week and Ellis looked very bright this week.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player later.

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