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31 March 2014

Manager on tomorrow night's game

Darrell Clarke was delighted to pick up his first win in charge of Bristol Rovers, when his side beat Morecambe at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

The new First Team Manager was pleased to see elements of his philosophy coming across in the game, but he believes there was plenty about the performance that can be improved.

He said: “I was delighted with the three points. The performance, if I am being honest wasn’t great, but the lads stuck with it and we got our reward in the end, and we are looking to build on that now.

“We weren’t as good on the ball as I would have liked us to have been and we gave the ball away too cheaply in possession.

“But there were one or two things in there that started to get my philosophy across a little bit. We have got to be better with the ball, but I enjoyed the game.

“I have always liked my teams to play with a high tempo and to entertain, because football is an entertainment business.

“But I am not going to change the world in a day or a week, but I am just going to keep probing away and hopefully the players are starting to pick up things quick.”

Darrell’s immediate goal is to make sure Rovers remain in League Two next season.

He said: “The goal is to be in League Two next season. Results went for us Saturday, which is great, but I am under no illusions as to what has to be done.

“Then we will look at things and see what happens over the summer. There is an opportunity for the players at the football club to show that they are going to fit into my philosophy of how I want the game to be played.

“You will notice through the next seven games that there is going to be a flexibility that Bristol Rovers might not have been used to.”

Darrell has now turned his attention to tomorrow night’s trip to Bury.

He said: “It is two big away games coming up on Tuesday and Saturday, and we are looking to pick up points and I am not scared to change things.

“I know David Flitcroft very well, and Bury were in real trouble until he took over, and he has got them going.

“They like to play it out from the back at times, and they are a well organised and well drilled team.

“I am looking forward to it, it is tough place to go and it is going to be a tough game. 

“But we go there on the back of a good win – I wouldn’t say it was a good performance, but a good win, and we go there confident.”

And two good results away from home can help relieve some of the tension that was seen on Saturday.

He said: “If we can get positives results in the next two away games it takes a little bit of pressure off.

“You saw the tension in the game on Saturday; the fans are tense, the players are tense, because of the situation we are in, and it doesn’t get any easier if we don’t pick up any points in the next two away games.

“We have got to confident and embrace that, and look forward to the new challenges ahead.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player.

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