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29 March 2014

First team manager on today's win

Darrell Clarke was delighted to pick up his first win since taking charge of Bristol Rovers.

Darrell took over as First Team Manager yesterday, with John Ward taking on the role of Director of Football.

Today his side left it late, but an injury time winner from Kaid Mohamed secured three points for Rovers.

Darrell said; “It was a great, great moment with it being my first game.

“It was a very anxious game, I think the fans could see that, the players were a bit edgy, with the situation we are in.

“I tried to get my philosophy across a little bit today, and I think we did it in spells, but we need to do more of it.

“But I am going to give the players massive credit for sticking with it. At times our quality has to be a lot better, and we will be working hard on that.

“I thought at times we played the ball out from the back better. I am over the moon, it is a big three points for us, but we know there is a lot of work still to be done. We are going to enjoy it, but we are not going to get carried away.”

The manager hopes that the win will give his team a lift going into two tough away fixtures.

He said: “Kaid took his header fantastically, and it was a great ball in. We haven’t scored enough goals this season.

“It was great for everyone, and hopefully that gives us a lift to carry on in to two difficult away games. Now our focus is on Tuesday night, we will prepare right and be ready to go Tuesday.”

Darrell describes himself as a manager who is not afraid to make tough calls, and he proved that today, dropping Tom Parkes.

He said: “I made a big call today, bringing in Danny Woodards for Tom Parkes. That is nothing against Tom, I just thought in recent weeks his form has dipped a little bit.

“He is still a young man, with a lot of responsibility on his shoulders when he has had the arm band.

“I thought Danny came in and did a superb job.

“I am not a manager who is afraid to make big calls in terms of shape and personnel. A little tweak of shape or something different can sometimes ignite things.”

And on a personal note, Darrell enjoyed his first game in charge.

He said: “I really enjoyed it, I had some great times managing Salisbury, and there is no greater feeling as a football manager than winning games.

“I am really chuffed, but I know there is plenty of hard work ahead.” 

For the full interview visit Gas Player.

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