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6 September 2015

The Manager's post-match comments

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke was disappointed with the result of today's match but insists his side will bounce back.

Ollie Clarke was shown a straight red card on 16 minutes following a clash with Danny Rose but the Rovers boss says that that isn't in Ollie Clarke's character at all.

"I've just watched the incident again and to me it is two honest players challenging for the ball, arms are flying everywhere from both players Ollie [Clarke] might have caught him and somehow the red card comes out.

"In my eyes there is no way that it was intentional, he has a little look to see if he needs to compete for the ball or just bring it down but after that his eyes are totally fixed on the ball.

"I've worked with Ollie [Clarke] a long time now and he isn't malicious in any way, he is a winner but I've never seen him try and take someone out.

"We will get the incident sent off to the appeal board and see what they come back with."

Rovers seemed to adapt well having been reduced to 10 men with the Rovers boss convinced his team were the better side.

"I thought we started off really well and I'm convinced that if it was 11vs11 we would have won the game today. Oxford are a good side but I thought that we had the impetus, the territory and they were struggling to deal with our shape and I thought we were opening them up.

"The sending off changed things, we changed our shape but I still think we looked dangerous with our 10 men."

Billy Bodin had a late claim for a penalty waved away in the dying moments of the game following a challenge from Pat Hoban and Darrell was convinced it was a penalty.

"I've had a look at the two key incidents in the game for me [Ollie Clarke's red card & Billy Bodin's penalty claim]. I will go in and see the referee after the game to try and get his view on things because for me it was a blatant penalty."

To watch Darrell's full interview, click on the video below:

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