When asked if he felt it was a case of a point gained or two points dropped today, following a 1-1 draw against Kidderminster, manager Darrell Clarke said; “I think when you are a goal down with less than ten minutes to go you would certainly take a point.
“I am a little bit disappointed, though, because I thought we started the game really well, created some good opportunities and had quite a few set pieces in the opening 15 minutes. However we didn’t capitalise on that and, if I’m honest, we weren’t as good as I expected us to be in the middle part of the game, and the players know that.”
Set pieces at both ends of the pitch were a concern for the manager.
“To be fair to Kidderminster, I thought they played well on the day but they only ever really looked like scoring from a set piece and my biggest frustration this season is that we conceding too many goals from set plays.
“It is frustrating as I know what this league is all about and you have to do your job and it was someone’s job to defend the corner and look after goalscorer Nathan Blissett today. Although we never really got going today, I didn’t think we ever looked like conceding a goal from open play.
“At the other end, I’m disappointed that we aren’t scoring enough goals from our own set pieces so it’s a part of our game we need to improve on. We are very, very, close to being a good side but I don’t want us to be the nearly men and I think that’s what we have been in our last two games in that we have nearly got on the end of crosses and we have nearly scored goals.
“The players know that and that and although we played some good football at times today, we need more.”
His side might have had a penalty in the first three minutes when visiting skipper Josh Gowling appeared to handle a cross from Lyle Della-Verde, but nothing was given.
"It could have gone either way, really, and Kidderminster will no doubt say it was never a spot kick, while I might say it was a certainty. Had it been given and we had scored, then I’m sure it would have changed the complexion of the game, but we accept the decision and move on.”
Having conceded a goal after 67 minutes, his side fought hard to get back on level terms.
“It’s always difficult when you go a goal down at home, so the lads deserve great credit for the way they hit back to equalise with a great goal from Matty Taylor from Della Verde’s cross.
“I was pleased that Matty got in there to score, as it will do his confidence the world of good.
“As for Lyle, he was a real threat and I thought he was excellent. He put some great deliveries into the box and I feel he has a great future. He’s enjoying his football with us after patiently waiting for his first start and I hope his good form continues.”
As for the supporters, he was delighted with the reception he and his players received this afternoon.
“We have some fantastic supporters and the point I was trying to make in the week was that we are on a good run and took a point at Alfreton although we didn’t play particularly well. A minority of supporters wanted to have a go at the players and one wanted to get on the team coach, and I found that unacceptable.
“Since my comments we have all received emails and messages of support, which has been brilliant. It’s difficult being a Rovers supporter at the moment, because of the position we are in, but we are working hard and the fans can appreciate that.”
There have been rumours this week about the possible signing of Jermaine Easter, and Darrell explained the situation.
“Jermaine was a young pro when I was at Hartlepool and he has been in touch with me recently. However he is a Millwall player and contracted to them, so there’s little I can say.
“Once he had made contact we met up and went out for a spot of lunch and it transpires that he would like to move back closer to his Cardiff home.
“It might be a bit of a long shot to try to get a player like him to drop down to the Conference, but we are trying to speak to Millwall about the situation.
“I must stress that our Board of Directors haven’t refused me permission to try to bring him here if it’s possible, but the financial side of any proposed deal have to be right.
“I’m sure that Jermaine would add something different to us and improve us, but I have spoken to four or five other players about coming here as well and it’s frustrating I haven’t yet been able to bring anyone in.”