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DARRELL - IT'S ALL ABOUT WINNING

7 May 2015

We caught up with Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke this morning who described this week as 'the calm before the storm' ahead of his sides Vanarama Conference Play-Off Final against Grimsby Town.

"Everyone is back in now, we gave the boys a few days off to enjoy the moment but we are back to work now with the focus being the final.

"We will try and get as much preparation out of the way before the weeks build-up because there is a lot of things that go into it such as tickets for families but my main focus is to win this football match.

"Two weeks might be thought of as a long time, but if we can get all the preparation out of the way we can focus on winning this game.

"As great as it is going to Wembley, it is all about winning.

"Obviously the boys are in training, but this week has been more about getting the off the field stuff sorted because I want to use the whole of next week to focus on the match as we have done all season.

"We need to get focused on the next project which is to beat Grimsby at Wembley in what is a do or die game.

The Bristol Rovers boss told the assembled media this morning that his squad will be traveling to Wembley on Monday to have a look around and get a feel for the stadium.

"We will be going Monday to see what it's all about and take a look at the pitch.

"Once that's done and out the way we will be treating it as a regular away fixture and we will be doing everything exactly the same as we have done all season.

"It is going to be difficult to make the players feel that it is just a normal away game but you have to put it into their heads that it is all about winning that game and you need to play the game not the occasion.

"We are all about winning this football match and getting this club back into League Two.

Rovers comfortably overcome Forest Green in the Semi-Final's and Darrell was very impressed with sides performances over the two legs.

"The boys played fantastically over the two games and I think were very professional.

"A lot of people might have looked and thought because we missed out on the title we might not be mentally ready but you could see there was a determination by the group to get into the final and I thought that we coped with it very well. 

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