The managers post-match commentsFollowing on from an impressive 5-1 victory over Chester, Darrell Clarke sat with the press to give his thoughts on the game.
“It was a real pressure game for us and we produced the goods, I thought first half especially excellent on the front foot. We worked all week on being on the front foot, closing them down and not giving Chester any opportunities to get their passing game going.”
It was a very important game for Rovers as it gave them a chance to lead the Vanarama Conference table until Grimsby and Barnet play their games on Saturday. Rovers got the start they were desperately wanting with Matty Taylor grabbing a goal after 15 minutes played.
“It’s important to get on the front foot and get ourselves going, some of our play at times was very good and the goals were well worked goals. We’d worked a lot in the week on getting on the front foot and the biggest thing was not giving Chester any time on the ball.”
It’s very close at the top of the Conference and with it looking like it will go down to the wire, Rovers and Darrell Clarke will be pleased to have won by a large margin.
“5-1 is a massive plus but for me it was about the three points and to help our goal difference out which might come into play was a big boost to get 4 goals on the board. But the 3 points was massive having played a day earlier than our rivals.”
5-1 is the biggest score line rovers have produced this season and with 4 to go now is a good time to have achieved such a result.
“We’ve got Kidderminster Monday and I think we’ve sold our 2,600 tickets and I’m sure the Gasheads are going to go up in a very buoyant mood and I’m sure they will try to help us get the 3 points up there”.
Another season record Rovers have eclipsed is the attendance with 8,455 fans walking through the turnstiles today.
“To get 8,500 supporters is absolutely magnificent and you can feel the tension of them but towards the end they started to enjoy it. But the fans are tense and if we can get them and the players to relax it will keep us going over the next two home games”.
One worry that will be on the minds of Rovers fans and the manager alike is the injury of Jermaine Easter.
“It’s early to say but it looks like a jarred knee which wouldn’t be too much of a problem, but we’ll see”.
Before kick off today, Rovers supporters paid tribute to Ben Hiscox, a life long Gashead who passed away last week. The Rovers boss told us that he was very emotional during the minutes applause.
"It was very moving seeing his family and friends there on the pitch with us and myself and my staff were visibly emotional.
"We would like to dedicate this win to Ben and his family and wish them all the support in the future.