Clarke: It’s time to take away form home

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Michael Pearce

AF­TER see­ing Bris­tol Rovers record a land­mark fourth away win on the bounce, boss Dar­rell Clarke called for pa­tience as his team try and repli­cate that form at the Me­mo­rial Sta­dium.

De­spite go­ing be­hind to Barr Corr’s 33rd­minute header, El­lis Harrison lev­elled things up mid­way through the sec­ond half. And Matt Tay­lor came off the bench to hit the win­ner that sees the Gas match the same run of form pro­duced in 1989/90 – a sea­son in which they won the League One ti­tle.

Though no-one has now won more games in League Two on the road, Rovers’ Achilles heel has come at home with just one win in seven at­tempts and Clarke knows that must chage.

“We have six wins out of eight away from home and I’d ask the sup­port­ers to stick with us while we keep try­ing to get our home form go­ing,” he said.

“I know it is dif­fi­cult for them, but we will be work­ing hard to turn that around. I can’t ask any more of the play­ers be­cause they are giv­ing me every­thing.

“They re­ally are a spe­cial group.

“Cam­bridge are one of the big­gest sides I have seen so far and they have some very ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers.

“They are hav­ing a right go at it this year so to come to their place and win is mag­nif­i­cent.”

Cam­bridge de­servedly edged ahead when Corr met Harrison Dunk’s fine left-wing cross and headed past help­less goal­keeper Lee Ni­cholls.

Ryan Don­ald­son and Corr had fur­ther op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­tend Cam­bridge’s lead, but they were a shadow of their first-half selves af­ter the break and Rovers took full ad­van­tage.

Harrison headed against the cross­bar shortly af­ter the restart, but was not to be de­nied on 66 min­utes, fol­low­ing up af­ter sub­sti­tute Matt Tay­lor saw his low ef­fort par­ried away by Chris Dunn.

And Tay­lor nicked the win­ner when he cap­i­talised on Cam­bridge de­fender Greg Tay­lor’s short pass and skipped round Dunn be­fore tap­ping in.

“In all my three years here I’ve not had to be too crit­i­cal of our play­ers, but I’m not go­ing to hide be­hind any­thing,” said Cam­bridge boss Richard Money.

“I thought in the first half, when you look right across the pitch, there wasn’t a poor per­former. I thought we were safe, I thought we passed the ball well and I thought we looked dan­ger­ous.

“Through­out the sec­ond half we looked to­tally the op­po­site.We looked vul­ner­a­ble, we couldn’t pass it and didn’t cre­ate any­thing.

“You have to ask se­ri­ous ques­tions as to why that’s hap­pened be­cause it wasn’t good enough.”

STAR MAN MATT TAY­LOR Bris­tol

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