Clarke has trea­sure in sights for his Pi­rates

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Leigh Cur­tis

BRIS­TOL ROVERS boss Dar­rell Clarke hailed his side for keep­ing their pro­mo­tion push on track as they se­cured a com­fort­able win at Notts County.

Rovers took the lead against the run of play when sub­sti­tute Cris­tiano Mon­tano took ad­van­tage of some poor de­fend­ing to ri­fle in the opener.

Then af­ter half-time a short cor­ner caught County nap­ping which al­lowed Lee Brown to ri­fle in from just out­side the box.

Rovers never looked in dan­ger of sur­ren­der­ing that ad­van­tage and Clarke was a happy man.

“It was a very strong per­for­mance,” he said.

“We bossed long pe­ri­ods of the game and that’s pleas­ing.

“The con­fi­dence and the way we stroked the ball around af­ter los­ing the last three away games was re­ally pleas­ing to see.

“I am not sur­prised about that, be­cause I work with them ev­ery sin­gle day. I know what they are ca­pa­ble of.

“It was an ef­fi­cient per­for­mance and we’ve not had a clean sheet for eight games so that was an added bonus.

“Some of our for­ward think­ing play was very good.

“Cris­tiano came off the bench in the first minute and that’s why I build a squad and not a team. Ev­ery­body has a part to play here. Monty is a part of that and of course I know ev­ery player wants to play ev­ery minute. But that’s why you build a squad and don’t make whole­sale changes.

“Liam pulled his calf early on. One door shuts and an­other one opens in this case for Cris­tiano.”

For Notts boss Jamie Fullar­ton it was a tough af­ter­noon as a sec­tion of the home sup­port made their feel­ings known.

And the Scot felt the two goals they con­ceded could have been dealt with bet­ter.

“I think it was ev­i­dent in the two goals that it was naivety which cost us,” he said.“It’s some­thing that we will keep work­ing to­wards and erad­i­cate be­cause it was a game we were in.

“We were play­ing against one of the top six sides in the divi­sion in what is a young squad.

“Build­ing on from the first half we were look­ing to im­prove and un­for­tu­nately we didn’t.

“There were a num­ber of cir­cum­stances and sit­u­a­tions with it.

“Goals change games and af­fect play­ers. When some­thing does go against us, then it can’t af­fect us the way it did.

“We were al­ways look­ing to get back into the game and for us to push on.We tried to get back into the game, but we couldn’t.

“It stayed at 2-0 and all we have to keep do­ing is keep work­ing as hard as we are do­ing. The lack of goals is some­thing we are try­ing to cor­rect.”



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