STRIKER SHOW BOOSTS CLARKE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Dan Barnes

DAR­RELL Clarke in­sists that Bris­tol Rovers’ form since Matty Tay­lor’s con­tro­ver­sial cross-city switch has proved that his side will never be a one-man team.

On the fi­nal day of the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow, 27-year-old front­man Tay­lor be­came the first player to move di­rectly from Rovers to Bris­tol City for 30 years.

Tay­lor had notched 19 goals for Clarke’s men at the time of his depar­ture but rather than wilt, the Pi­rates have hit the goal trail in his ab­sence.

The in-form Billy Bodin, 25, has picked up the lion’s share of the goalscor­ing slack while fel­low strik­ers Rory Gaffney, 27, and El­lis Har­ri­son, 23, have also con­trib­uted to leave Rovers chas­ing the play-offs.

“There was a big thing made when we lost Matty Tay­lor but, for me, look at the re­sponse – it’s been ex­cel­lent,” said Rovers boss Clarke.

“It’s not about who is scor­ing the goals – it’s about the team ethic and the group.

“I’m sure my strik­ers will be dis­ap­pointed that they haven’t taken more of their chances but their work-rates have been ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing and it’s a team game, this sport.

“It’s a tes­ta­ment to the group how they have re­sponded and it’s cer­tainly a tes­ta­ment to the fact we will never be a one-man team.”

FORM: Billy Bodin

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