De­voted Gas fans get their re­ward

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Richard Latham

DAR­RELL Clarke ded­i­cated Bris­tol Rovers’ sec­ond home win of the sea­son to the fans af­ter a Matt Tay­lor dou­ble downed Carlisle.

The Me­mo­rial Sta­dium faith­ful had wit­nessed seven de­feats in ten league and cup games so far in the cam­paign, the last of them in­flicted by Southern League side Che­sham United in the FA Cup first round.

But, far from giv­ing up on their team, the supporters ral­lied to the cause and raised the vol­ume again for the visit of the in­jury-hit Cum­bri­ans.

Their loy­alty was not lost on man­ager Clarke as two sec­ond-half goals from Tay­lor were the dif­fer­ence on the day.

He said:“As al­ways our fans were mag­nif­i­cent. They are what makes the club spe­cial for me and I am de­lighted to have sent them home happy.

“The at­mos­phere could have been sub­dued in the light of re­cent home re­sults, but they were right be­hind us and it makes such a dif­fer­ence.

“I am as re­lieved as they are.We opened the scor­ing with a bril­liant counter-at­tack­ing goal and took two of our chances, which we haven’t been do­ing.

“There is a long way to go, but we are well placed thanks to our away form. We re­spect all our op­po­nents, but fear no one in League Two.”

Rovers be­gan brightly and might have gone in front on four min­utes when Stu­art Sin­clair’s chip set up a chance for Tay­lor, whose close-range shot was saved by Mark Gille­spie.

The Carlisle goal­keeper was in ac­tion again mo­ments later, par­ry­ing an an­gled drive from Jer­maine Easter, but from then on chances were at a pre­mium.

But Tay­lor sent a wave of re­lief around the ground when break­ing the dead­lock on 66 min­utes with a close-range shot from a Chris Lines cross. And the striker dou­bled the ad­van­tage on 87 min­utes with a low left-footed drive from the cor­ner of the box, which gath­ered pace off the sat­u­rated sur­face.

For Carlisle boss Keith Curle it was a dis­ap­point­ing re­turn to the club where he be­gan his play­ing ca­reer, but he re­fused to be too de­spon­dent.

“If you take six or seven reg­u­lar starters out of any League Two side it is go­ing to have an ef­fect,” he said.

“We still looked wel­lor­gan­ised and had a good struc­ture, with the play­ers com­ing in know­ing what was re­quired of them.

“We lacked a bit in our de­ci­sion making in the fi­nal third of the pitch.

“There were times when a threat­en­ing ball was on and we took the wrong op­tion.

“But there was noth­ing in the game up to the open­ing goal when we got caught a bit lop-sided as they broke on us.”



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