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A CHAT WITH: TOM PARKES

17 March 2015

Tom talks Halifax, that pitch and Friday night under the lights

Bristol Rovers returned from Halifax with a point after battling back from 2-0 down to rescue a draw and defender Tom Parkes says that at the end of the day with the conditions of the pitch that a point was a good result.

"I think we started the game brightly but them getting their first goal gave us a real knock back then once they went 2-0 up I think we did really well to come out of it with a point.

"The pitch was very difficult to play on with the way the ball bobbled everywhere and the more we played on it the heavier the pitch got.

"When you play on that type of pitch you've got to make sure you put your foot through the ball and things like that and it was a very tough one to play on.

"I think at times we tried to play properly and in the second half we performed much better.

"We played better and they tried to break on us and counter attack but we have a very fit team now and we were able to get back in the right positions and win the ball back when they tried that.

Rovers fitness has been key for them this season and will be more crucial than ever going into the last seven games of the season and Tom thinks that the teams fitness definitely helped them come back into the game last Saturday.

"Our fitness levels are really high and I think that showed on Saturday because in the last 10-15 minutes we were putting a lot of pressure on them and it paid off in the end with us getting a draw.

"The work we did in the summer has made us ready for this time of the season and I think it will really help us going into these last few games of the season.

Ellis Harrison came off the substitutes bench at Halifax and really changed the game with his second half performance and Parkes had nothing but praise for the young Welshman.

"When he came on I thought he did fantastic and that was with his all round play.

"He held the ball up well when he needed to and he turned his defender and it was a great finish for the equiliser.

Up next for Tom and the squad is the visit of Aldershot Town to the Memorial Stadium and Tom really wants to win this one after suffering a loss to the hands of Eastleigh last time out at the Mem.

"Friday is a massive game for us, back at home and we cannot lose that because we lost our last home game and we really need the three points.

"Playing under the lights always creates a massive atmosphere and the fans have been amazing for us the season and we need more of the same on Friday night.

"If we go out there and play our game and go out with a lot of confidence then hopefully we can win the game and the supporters there can really be our 12th man.

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