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7 February 2015

The managers post match thoughts!

Darrell Clarke was pleased with the way his side returned to the Memorial Stadium for the first time in over a month and said his players did a 'very disciplined job'.

"The lads attitudes were brilliant today, we played some good football at times and perhaps could have had a few more goals.

"Matty Taylor has had a really unfortunate afternoon in front of goal hitting the crossbar and the post as well as forcing their keeper into some fantastic saves.

"It shows the type of player that Matty [Taylor] is that he didn't let things affect him and he was able to calmly square the ball for Nathan [Blissett] for the second.

"It was a good hard working performance and it is nice to get back at the Mem and send our supporters home happy.

Leicester City loanee Adam Dawson came in for his full debut and picked up the Man of the Match award and the manager was full of praise for the wide man.

"He has had a good afternoon, I don't like playing lads to quickly after coming in on loan and Adam has been patient and got his chance today and he took it well.

"He has had to wait but started today and put some really good deliveries into the box today which was really good for us.

Lee Brown scored his first goal of the season with an inch-perfect free kick to open the scoring and Darrell is pleased that his hard work is paying off.

"Both Lee's [Mansell and Brown] work hard on the training pitch on their free kicks and I'm pleased that we are scoring them.

"They assess the situation when they get there and see which one of them it is going to favor but as long as one of them put it in the net it doesn't bother me.

"Both of them have got great quality and it is good for us that we have one right-footed taker and one left-footed taker.

Today's visitors Lincoln City offered very little going forward with the Rovers boss paying credit to his sides formation and work rate.

"I don't want to take any credit away from my boys today because Lincoln aren't mugs being a full-time ex league team but I think we put in a very solid performance.

"We set up well today and made it difficult for Lincoln and the lads worked really hard all over the pitch.

"If we are being a bit picky, we could have showed a little more quality in the second half to get the third to really kill off the game because I think we created enough opportunities to do that.

Rovers are now unbeaten in 16 games and Darrell says there is '13 cup finals until the end of the season'.

"We are on a good run at the minute with one defeat in 26 but we need to keep going and not get carried away.

"We have a very difficult February with lots of miles involved traveling to Grimsby and Gateshead as well as three home games so it is going to be a difficult month.

"As long as my players give me everything like they did today then we can ignore everything else that is going on around us and take care of our own business.

Rovers supporters were confused this afternoon as their team took to the field of play wearing their yellow third kit instead of the famous blue and white quarters to avoid clashing with the Imps.

"Lincoln came with only their sky blue kit which I thought clashed with our kit so instead of giving them one of our kits to wear, I thought we would play in yellow.

"I don't like wearing kits that could clash in any way what-so-ever so it was my decision to play in yellow today.

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