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2 February 2015

Manager talks about the week coming up

Rovers drew 2-2 with Dartford at Princes Park at the weekend leaving Rovers boss Darrell Clarke immensely frustrated.

"The players and the staff are feeling really disappointed because at the end of the day it was two points dropped.

"You have to give Dartford credit, they kept going and they scored a great free kick but I think both of their goals were preventable.

"Players have to be mentally strong to get over the mistakes that were made on Saturday because there is no hiding place in football.

"With the amount of possession and the amount of territory that we had we should have seen the game through.

"The pitch was a bit of a mud bath but I thought we played some decent stuff on the pitch but it is Monday again now and we move on.

Welsh International Jermaine Easter left the pitch at Princes Park just eight minutes into his full debut for the club with a knee injury with Darrell saying it is still too early to tell how long he will be out for.

"It is to early to assess Jermaine right now but it is one of those things, you can never predict when an injury is going to come in football.

"It was a bit of a block tackle that has opened up his knee but we are hoping that it is a medial strain which will heal quickly.

"Jermaine getting injured is really frustrating because you work on things for two weeks in training and then after just eight minutes it's out the window and we had to change things around.

Easter joins midfielders Ollie Clarke and Stuart Sinclair in the treatment room reducing Darrell's squad to 16 fit players at the moment.

"Stuart [Sinclair] has a hairline fracture to his foot which is another big blow to us.

"He hasn't been put into a cast or an airboot but it could still be another 2/3 weeks for Stuart.

Today is transfer deadline day and the Rovers boss told us that his phone has been ringing all weekend.

"I am looking for a centre midfielder player to help us out because of the injuries to Ollie Clarke and Stuart Sinclair and ideally they would be a creative midfielder to give us that bit of an extra spark.

"I've been on the phone all weekend trying to find the right player.

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