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DARRELL POST DORCHESTER

26 October 2014

Bristol Rovers progressed through to the FA Cup first qualifying round following a convincing 1-7 victory over Dorchester Town but it was the manner of the performance that impressed manager Darrell Clarke.

“I thought it was a thoroughly professional performance from ourselves today which is what I asked of the players before hand.

“We’ve come here and respected Dorchester and that is what we had to do this afternoon.

“We went for it, in the first half we went for a 4-3-3 and then a 4-4-2 in the second half and it is a credit to my players that I can switch it up like that.

“We started a bit tentative to start with but once we got the first goal and the second goal we settled down and really started enjoying our football.

Goals has been a bit of a stumbling block for Rovers this season but Darrell believes scoring 7 in 1 game can only help the moral within the squad.

“The pleasing thing for me is our clinical finishing which has been lacking this season in parts but it was pleasing to get a few players on the scoresheet.

“It is key that we now take that clinicalness into our league form and I hope we can do that next Saturday.

Ellis Harrison bagged himself a hat-trick against Dorchester and Darrell is really impressed with Harrison’s attitude this season.

“Ellis [Harrison] took his goals really well today and maybe could have had one or two more but to be fair to the lad he is learning a lot.

“He came in against Eastleigh and done really well but we found ourselves in the situation where the 10 games before hand we had won 6, drew 3 and lost on Saturday so there wasn’t a massive need to change things

“Ellis has had to bide his time but he has come out today and got a hat-trick so he has definitely staked his claim again.

Matty Taylor was also on the scoresheet for Darrell Clarke’s men with the Rovers boss praising his work rate so far this season.

“Matty [Taylor] is in the team because of his all round game and sometimes he needs the players either side of him to take the pressure off of him.

“He does a tremendous amount of work for the team and today he has created a couple of chances today and scored one himself.

Andy Monkhouse scored a brace against Dorchester and Darrell was really satisfied to see Monkhouse’s level of performance having taken a knock early against Forest Green Rovers last weekend.

“Andy [Monkhouse] showed his versatility today and a real flexibility to help the team.

“He was on the right in the first half and then came over onto the left in the second half and him and Lee Brown linked up very well

“He is a very experienced professional, he has had some setbacks this season but his ability will hold us in good steed for the rest of the season.

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