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15 March 2014

Manager's thoughts on heavy defeat in the north east

Rovers boss John Ward was unable to hide his disappointment with his side’s performance at Hartlepool this afternoon.

Hartlepool scored two minutes into the game and added a second on 16 minutes.

They scored two more in the second half to record an emphatic victory that pushes them up to the fringes of the play off places.

“I am quite embarrassed about the performance and that’s the first time I’ve felt like that in the 15 months I’ve been back at the club.

“We went under a little bit tamely today, and that’s not something we have done before. We have always fought it out and been hard to beat, but not today.

“Don’t get me wrong, we were beaten by a very good Hartlepool team who have some very good players in their side.

“However we helped them with the goals that they scored, but I’m quite concerned by the fact that it was a poor effort on our was quite a poor effort on our part.”

The first goal came from a corner out on the right. Two Hartlepool players in the box were left unmarked and Marlon Harewood headed home a simple opportunity.

“It was frustrating to concede a goal from a set piece so early in the game especially as we had talked about the goals that came from set pieces in Tuesday’s game against Dagenham & Redbridge.

The second goal was the best of the four scored by the home side and was the only one that didn’t arrive as a result of being handed to them by errors on Rovers’ part.

“It was a fantastic strike and then we made two catastrophic errors in the second half to concede twice more.

“Then the game had disappeared totally. so we didn’t give ourselves the best chance of trying to get back into it.”

Rovers will have to wait until Friday night, when they entertain Southend at the Memorial Stadium, to get this game out of their system.

 “I’ve spoken to the boys openly, and honestly, about their performance but we can’t do anything about it until next Friday and we will talk again on Monday about what we need to do next.

“We have ten games left and we have to work as hard as we can in all of them and the players also have to work hard when they aren’t training, by which I mean they have to be sensible about their diet and 
ensure they get enough rest.

“Friday is a big occasion for us but home form has, generally, been very good and our supporters have been great. We just need to pull together to get ourselves a win and we can put this game to bed.”

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