Clark­son set­ting the stan­dard for Rovers

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Theo Wil­son To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

BRIS­TOL Rovers for­ward David Clark­son has chal­lenged his team­mates to use this per­for­mance as a yard­stick for the rest of the cam­paign af­ter they com­fort­ably saw off pro­mo­tion chasers Bur­ton.

Clark­son and John-Joe O’Toole were both on tar­get af­ter the break for the Pi­rates who could and pos­si­bly should have won by more against Gary Rowett’s men.

The loss for the Brew­ers was only their sec­ond de­feat in their last 16 League Two matches and meant they missed out on the chance to climb into the au­to­matic spots.

John Ward’s side mean­while claimed backto-back league vic­to­ries for the first time since Au­gust and Clark­son, who has two Scot­land caps to his name, hopes this is the start of some­thing spe­cial.

“It’s a good win for us, we worked hard for it and played prob­a­bly the best we have all sea­son so it was well de­served,” he said.

“It was un­for­tu­nate to not be in front in the first half so it was im­por­tant we kept go­ing , got the goal and then ob­vi­ously the sec­ond is very im­por­tant.

“They are up there and we set our stan­dards high. These are the teams we want to be play­ing against and show what we can do and we have done that.

“Now it’s about con­sis­tency, we have got to do this ev­ery week and work harder, we have to keep it go­ing if we can.

“I’m de­lighted to have got on the score sheet again and I re­ally want to try and con­tinue that.

“We have got some good bal­ance in the side, good ex­pe­ri­ence in the side, that has shown over the last few weeks and we want to progress from this re­sult.”

The Pi­rates nearly hit the front in the first half when Lee Brown’s free­kick prompted a goal­mouth scram­ble.

But af­ter the break it was the for­mer Mother­well man Clark­son who opened the scor­ing, find­ing to space to head in a su­perb Michael Smith cross.

And O’Toole dou­bled the lead for his 14th goal of the sea­son mo­ments later, pounc­ing on a loose ball par­ried out by keeper Rob Lain­ton. “I am very dis­ap­pointed with our per­for­mance, but now it is how we re­act to it that counts,” said Rowett af­ter see­ing his team lose an away league match for the first time since midNovem­ber.

“We have been very proud of our away form, but now we have to start again. How we use our re­main­ing games will de­fine our sea­son and we have to do bet­ter than we did here.We didn't cre­ate much and I have ab­so­lutely no com­plaints about the re­sult.We need to make a fresh start.”

STAR MAN JOHN-JOE O’TOOL

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