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12 August 2015

Bristol Rovers exited the Capital One Cup last night at the hands of Championship side Birmingham but Darrell Clarke was pleased with the way his team reacted following their opening day defeat to Northampton Town.

"I asked for a reaction and I feel I got that tonight, to be fair to the boys our performance was good and on another day we might have caused an upset against a good Championship side.

"For me our game plan seemed to be working well in the first half following our change in formation and then in the second half we found more gaps appearing and we had our fair share of chances.

"Whilst I'm pleased with individual performances with a lot of my players but I'm still disappointed we are out of the Capital One Cup.

"We put in a good performance but I'm about winning football matches and tonight we looked a lot more like one of my teams because on Saturday I was very disappointed with our performance."

Jacques Maghoma opened the scoring for the Blues during a spell of Rovers pressure which frustrated the Rovers boss.

"At the start of the second half there was a period where we were on top and then found ourselves a goal down which is annoying because we didn't make the most of our pressure.

"It's frustrating to have been knocked out in the first round but we have to dust ourselves off and move onto Saturday's game now."

Ellis Harrison drew Clarke's men level for a brief spell and the Rovers boss was impressed with his strikers efforts this evening.

"That is a good 90 minutes for Ellis and he took his goal well.

"His goal scoring record in recent history has been fantastic and now he has one goal in one start this season so we are hoping he really kicks on in his career now.

"He knows how I work, I think I get the best out of the lad because I like winners and Ellis is definitely a winner."

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