ROVERS ON EDGE OVER THE DROP

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

BRIS­TOL Rovers boss Dar­rell Clarke is de­mand­ing more from his play­ers af­ter they slipped closer to the League Two drop­zone.

Rovers were out-played for most of the match by Wim­ble­don, and a draw keeps them just four points ahead of sec­ond-bot­tom Northamp­ton fol­low­ing their win.

It took a su­perb save from Steve Milden­hall to deny Jack Mid­son af­ter 75 min­utes to make sure the Gas did not go home empty-handed, but Clarke was no un­der il­lu­sions about his team’s per­for­mance.

“It’s a point closer to where we need to be go­ing at but Wim­ble­don will count them­selves un­for­tu­nate that they did not win the game,” he said.

“It’s tense, you can see that with the play­ers. They’re tense, they’re edgy, they don’t want to make mis­takes, but we need more. I’m not go­ing to pull the wool over any­body’s eyes.

“We’ve got to be bet­ter in all ar­eas of the pitch. But I have a full week on the train­ing pitch to work on a few mind­sets as well as train­ing be­cause I’m con­cerned one or two are go­ing through the mo­tions a lit­tle bit and let­ting the oc­ca­sions get to them when we needed stronger char­ac­ters.

“I’d be ly­ing if I said I didn’t look at other re­sults, but it’s all in our hands. We’ve got teams to play who are down there, so we need char­ac­ters, men­tally strong play­ers and to do bet­ter than we did.”

Mid­son’s sec­ond-half ef­fort was the clos­est ei­ther side came to open­ing the scor­ing, with Rovers’ Lee Brown block­ing Ge­orge Fran­comb’s fol­low- up fol­low­ing the ini­tial Milden­hall save.

De­spite cre­at­ing next-to-noth­ing, the vis­i­tors had a good shout for a penalty turned down by ref­eree Tim Robin­son when Matt Harrold tan­gled with Dons de­fender Dar­ren Jones.

The point keeps Wim­ble­don six points above the bot­tom two, and de­spite fir­ing a blank, boss Neal Ard­ley could take en­cour­age with Crys­tal Palace loa­nee Kwesi Ap­piah’s first league start.

“I thought he was ex­cel­lent, I thought he looked like he might score, he got a cou­ple of good shots off,” he said.

“He didn’t dart across de­fend­ers or get onto crosses into the box. He will learn in this league you can’t out-jump these cen­tre-halves.

“But he was as­sured, had a very good touch, good move­ment.This was a test with the pace of it and it’s been re­ally pleas­ing from him.

“Jack [Mid­son] and Kwesi had a good un­der­stand­ing and I thought they might make things hap­pen.

“All week we’re work­ing at go­ing for­ward, we’re work­ing at scor­ing goals. We’ve done ev­ery­thing we prac­ticed but we just couldn’t get the ball into the back of the net.

“We need to pick up a win or two from the re­main­ing five games to get us where we need to go. But if we put per­for­mances in like that

we won’t be far away.”

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

FULL STRETCH: Wim­ble­don keeper Ross Worner cuts out a cross

LET­TING FLY: John-Joe O’Toole takes a shot

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