Darrell Clarke’s Bristol Rovers side made it six games unbeaten away from home on Saturday with a 0-1 win over AFC Telford United and yet again it was the player’s attitudes that drew the manager’s plaudits.
“I’m very pleased with the result, this is a tough place to come as Torquay found out as they got beat here so for us to come here and come away with three points is fantastic.
“I’ve said all along that it takes different ways to win games and I’m over the moon that we’ve managed to do that this afternoon.
“We didn’t play great, but the boys put their bodies on the line but the most important thing today was the points.
“Going away to bottom of the table is always going to be a difficult afternoon but I thought the mentality of the players was very good.”
Andy Monkhouse was given a straight red card in the game for an alleged elbow but Darrell believes that there was no intent from his player.
“Both of the guys have competed for the ball and the referee pulls a red card out.
“I will have to see it again on video but Monkhouse isn’t that sort of player.
“He was committed to winning the challenge just like any of my other players but it wasn’t intentional because he doesn’t have that in his nature.”
Rovers defender Neal Trotman left the field during the game with an ankle injury and Darrell was full of praise for his replacement Mark McChrystal.
“It is a bit too early to tell with Neal [Trotman], obviously him coming off is a big concern but I thought Mark McChrystal came in and was outstanding.
“To have a player the quality of Mark [McChrystal] come in and play like he did with the small amount of football he has played is a real testament to the player.
“Trotman has rolled his ankle but we are just going to see how it is, he is on crutches at the minute but it is too early to say about damages.
Darrell is still looking to strengthen his side, but says that he will wait for the right player but insists that it is difficult to do business in November.
“I’m still looking to bring players in, as I’ve said I’m always looking to strengthen this squad but there are lads already here that haven’t had a fair shot themselves.
“I’ve been brought so many names but they just don’t fit the mould.
“Recruitment here over the last five or six year has put us in this position, so I want to make sure that it is the right player.
“I have faith in my own ability as a manager and picking a player that will add to this team.