Clarke has treasure in sights for his Pirates
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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