Bristol Rovers were knocked out of the FA Cup on Saturday at the hands of League Two Tranmere Rovers but Darrell Clarke thought his Conference outfit were the better side throughout.
“I don’t like losing games, I thought it was a game we did well in but it is frustrating we didn’t get through into the next round.
“The players can take heart from the performance but we are still disappointed to be out of the cup.
“We wanted to win the game and I’m sure that our supporters that made the trip could see that we wanted to win it.
“The desire was there and I think we more than matched them.
Ryan Brunt returned from his loan spell at York City and played a full 90 minutes against Tranmere at the weekend and the Rovers boss is insistent Brunt was always in his plans.
“I thought Ryan had a great game, he held the ball up well and brought other people into the game and caused Tranmere problems.
“I’ve said all along that Ryan [Brunt] was in my plans but he needed to make sure he got some games under his belt, which he has so he comes back into contention.
“He needs to add some consistency and goals to his game but he knows that.
“Ryan definitely staked his claim for a regular starting spot on Saturday after a good performance.
Rovers travel to the Impact Arena to take on Alfreton Town tomorrow night and Darrell is expecting a totally different experience to Saturday.
“Tuesday night is going to be completely different from the weekend, slopey pitch, boggy so we need to be ready for that.
“Anything can come into play, so I need to make sure that I pick the correct team for that game.
“Nicky Law will have a big physical team, they will be chucking balls into the box.
“At some of these places you might need to grind out the win and make sure you get the three points on offer.