The Manager's post-match thoughtsFollowing the win against Forest Green Rovers in the Play-Off semi-final, Darrell Clarke sat down with the media.
The game saw 2nd placed Bristol Rovers and 6th placed Forest Green face off in the second leg of the play-off semi-final. In a highly anticipated and fast paced game, Bristol Rovers managed to see the game through with a 2-0 win (3-0 agg).
“We’re delighted, we’re going to enjoy today. I’m proud of my lads over the two legs, I thought we were the better team.” Clarke added” I must stress we’re going to Wembley to do the business and try and get promotion out of the league. We’ll enjoy it for the next couple of days but then it’s back to business.
Bristol Rovers are currently in some outstanding form and Rovers manager Darrell Clarke will be keen to ensure they carry this form into the Play-Off final.
“The final is something else, we’re not sure who we’re playing yet but it’s going to be a tough game whoever we’re playing against”. “We’re not going for a day out, we’re going there to try and get promotion out of this league.”
A bumper-packed Memorial Stadium crowd were treated to some good quality football on a carpet-like pitch. A clinical display from rovers ensured that they would be enjoying a final at Wembley.
“The first goal was always going to be key and we were fortunate enough to get it with Chris Lines who was superb all game. That sort of settled us down and in the second half I thought we were in control.”
A brilliant move saw Matty Taylor cut the ball back into the box where Blissett dummied over the ball which Chris Lines with the chance to bag his first since re-joining the club on loan from Port Vale.
“Some good build up play, they’re a real hard working bunch of players and they’ve done absolutely fantastic this season and the mentality of the group is very strong.”
It was an emotional moment for Chris Lines as he scored for his boyhood club in a vital stage of the game.
“His family are all Bristol Rovers fans, I’m absolutely delighted for him and one of the reasons I brought him in is because he wanted to come back, he wanted to come and play for Bristol Rovers”.
The Vanarama Conference is known for being a long and gruelling season it takes real determination and effort to finish just under the automatic promotion spot.
“The whole squad has played their part, Mansell’s been outstanding, Monkhouse, McChrystal, Parkes. My senior players in the changing room have made it that winning environment. Put that in with some really hungry young players that want to better themselves, it’s been a good blend.”
Another game at the memorial ground has seen the Rovers fans come out in their droves to support their team. 10,563 fans packed out the stadium in an effort to drag their team across the line.
“I’m really, really pleased for the supporters, they’ve had a tough time over the last few years. I could see smiles on faces and to see them proud of the lads is absolutely fantastic. We all want to do it for the supporters. They’ve been absolutely outstanding.”