Darrell Clarke today told press that the mood in the Bristol Rovers camp at the moment is very low after Tuesday’s goalless draw with Alfreton but the manager insists that it is his job to pick the team up.
“The mood is very flat to be honest, the players are a little bit down because of the negativity surrounding the place at the minute.
“Some of the stick the players got after the draw with Alfreton after 12 points in the last 6 away games was horrible.
“It is getting to the point where we are building a sanctuary for the players and at times it feels like it’s us against the world.
“I will be holding a meeting this morning with the players to go through the positives of where we are at right now.
“We’ve got ourselves in a great position, 32 points out of the last 16 league games, and 8 clean sheets out of 19 league games which is the second best defensive record in the league.
The reaction from some supporters after Tuesday’s game disappointed the manager but Darrell says that he understands supporter’s frustrations.
“When a fan wants to get on the bus at the end of an away game and wants to have a go at my players and my assistant manager has to try and calm the fan down it’s a bit of a disgrace really.
“First week of the season, 100 posters around the training pitch asking for the manager to be sacked, players to be shot for the players to respond in the way they did after that and the difficult first week is a credit to them.
“Now we’ve built a team that can finish in the top 5 and we need to get a response over these next games at home.
“I can feel the supporter’s frustration and realise that we are in a bad situation, but we are doing the best for the club to get out of this league.
“It’s not going to happen overnight, it’s about pulling together and for me there isn’t enough togetherness in the whole club but there will be between my players
“I will be picking the lads up over the next couple of days to try and beat Kidderminster Saturday.