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14 August 2014

Manager on Saturday's game

Darrell Clarke admits his side will have to play a lot better than they did during the first half of Tuesday night’s defeat at the hands of Barnet.

However, the manager will not be overreacting at this stage in the season.

He said: “We got beat the other night, mistakes made by all concerned, and everything becomes over scrutinised because we are Bristol Rovers – a big club in the Conference.

“What I have to do is manage that situation. I do hold myself a bit responsible for the first half performance.

“I am confident we will be in amongst it, we have had a couple of games and there have been a few lessons learnt.

“We cannot afford to concede the sloppy goals we have conceded, but we will be going for it in our away games.

“If we can get 12 or 13 away victories this year, which is my target, we will have a good away record, and obviously you have to win your home games to be successful.

“I won’t be overreacting, but we need to get a win to kick start our season.

"We are going to take some hits this season, and it is about how you recover from those hits."

Altrincham will be the first part time team that Rovers come up against, but Darrell does not expect that to make too much difference at this stage in the season.

He said: “It doesn’t really make a big difference early in the season as the fitness levels will be pretty good, sometimes it makes a big difference after Christmas when the fatigue starts to kick in for the part-time teams.

“Every game is a challenge at this level, there aren’t any easy games, but we are going to be trying to win every match we play in.

“We are going to have to play a hell of a lot better than we did during the first half on Tuesday.

“The pitch will be decent, and we will go up there and respect Altrincham, but we are going to try and win a football match.

“We have to concentrate on ourselves, and for me it is about getting that first win on the board. As soon as we get that first win, we will kick on.”

The manager is hopeful that he will have a new face in before Saturday’s game.

He said: “Touch wood I should have a winger in by tomorrow morning. It has been agreed by the clubs verbally, I have spoken to the lad and he is delighted to be joining us.

“I will be pleased to get an out and out winger in as it gives me better options. The loan will be until January, so we will have him for a good few months. I am then still looking for another striker.”

The team took a few knocks on Tuesday night, but the manager will be assessing those players over the next two days.

He said: “We have one or two knocks, but we will assess them over the next couple of days.

“Tom Lockyer’s teeth got knocked to the back of his throat on Tuesday night. Tom epitomises everything about this football club, so we hope to get him back pretty sharpish.

“We are hoping Steve Mildenhall will be available, one of his close relations is very ill in hospital, but we will assess that come Saturday.

“Kieran Preston is available for the weekend he is back from his three days with the Scotland under 19s.”

For the full interview, visit Gas Player.

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