Clarke left fum­ing at last-gasp equaliser

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Bamsey

BRIS­TOL Rovers boss Dar­rell Clarke has urged his side to learn their lessons af­ter Jamie Reid struck in stop­page time to earn Ex­eter an un­likely point.

Rovers bossed the game and were on course for all three points when Stu­art Sin­clair capped a man-of-the-match per­for­mance with a stun­ning 25-yard ef­fort in the 83rd minute.

But Reid volleyed home in the 94th minute to break Rovers’ hearts – and leave Clarke fum­ing.

He said:“I am an­gry that we didn’t see the game out.

“We thor­oughly de­served to win the game but they got a lucky de­flec­tion and the lad sticks it in the cor­ner.

“The play­ers are fu­ri­ous that we didn’t hold onto the three points.We will have to learn from it.

“You have to give Ex­eter credit, they kept go­ing. I am just dis­ap­pointed for our 1,600 fans that made it down here, that they are not cel­e­brat­ing three points.

“I have seen us play a lot of good foot­ball this sea­son and I have said to the lads that it’s not our away form that’s cost­ing us, it is at home.”

Only a stun­ning save from keeper Bobby Ole­jnik pre­vented Sin­clair from fir­ing Rovers into a 13th-minute lead.

The mid­fielder let fly from the edge of the box but Ole­jnik was equal to it with a smart save.

The Gre­cians keeper pulled off an­other ter­rific save, this time plung­ing to his right to keep out Rory Gaffney’s thun­der­bolt.

The near­est Ex­eter came in the first-half was a 25-yard free-kick by Alex Ni­cholls, which was tipped around the post by Pi­rates stop­per Lee Ni­cholls.

Gaffney wasted a glo­ri­ous chance when he headed Daniel Lead­bit­ter’s cross wide and Ole­jnik con­tin­ued to foil Rovers af­ter the break, thanks to mag­nif­i­cent saves to thwart Gaffney twice and Ol­lie Clarke.

Rovers fi­nally broke Ex­eter’s re­sis­tance on 83 min­utes when Sin­clair curled a 25-yard shot into the top cor­ner.

But, with time run­ning out, Reid res­cued a point when he latched on to Ar­ron Davies’ cross be­fore find­ing the bot­tom cor­ner.

And Ex­eter boss Paul Tis­dale heaped praise on Reid for keep­ing his cool in stop­page time.

He said:“If you want the ball to drop to any­one in that sit­u­a­tion, it’s Jamie.

“He is one of those play­ers that doesn’t think, he just does it – and that is not be­ing de­mean­ing.

“That is to be ap­plauded and that is how you want your play­ers to play. So many play­ers would have taken a touch there with it be­ing on their wrong foot and tried to be sure, but he was com­mit­ted to the vol­ley.

“Maybe it wasn’t the sweet­est vol­ley you’ll ever see, but I don’t care. I was jump­ing up.”



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