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Bristol Rovers must start winning before supporters lose patience – Mark McGhee

By The Bristol Post  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

Bristol Rovers manager Mark McGhee

Bristol Rovers manager Mark McGhee

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Mark McGhee knows that the patience of Bristol Rovers fans will soon run out if improved results are not forthcoming.

The manager watched his side suffer their fourth successive defeat when losing to Southend on Tuesday, after which fans expressed their displeasure by booing the players off the Memorial Stadium pitch.

Rovers get a quick chance to bring an end to their recent run of dismal form when Chesterfield visit on Saturday and McGhee said: "My overwhelming feeling is one of frustration at the moment.

"I know the players here have a better performance in them than the one they showed on Tuesday night. I was hugely disappointed with the result and with the first-half performance in particular.

"The supporters were behind us when we went a goal up on Tuesday night. When you go 3-1 down, how can you expect supporters to get behind you?

"The supporters have shown a fantastic tolerance, but that will run out. Their patience will eventually run out with the team, and me in particular, if we do not quickly start to get better results than we have been. We have to create something for the supporters to get behind."

McGhee, meanwhile, defended his tactics and team selection after a switch to an unfamiliar 4-2-3-1 formation failed to pay dividends against Paul Sturrock's side.

"I've thought a lot about how I prepared them," said McGhee.

"I still feel that I sent them out in a system designed to be positive and it fell down because we simply didn't keep the ball well enough.

"We were also punished for individual mistakes, for which the players involved have all held their hands up.

"I don't accept that it looked at any point as though the players didn't understand what it was we were asking them to do.

"I think these players are capable of playing in any way in which we ask them to play. What happened on Tuesday night was simply down to our inability to keep the ball at the top of the park.

"We played with two holding midfield players to allow our full-backs to really push on in a positive fashion.

"If we'd have kept the ball a little bit better we'd have certainly given Southend a lot more problems.

"The players we started with are probably our 11 best players at this moment in time.

"We'll pick most of the same team again on Saturday while, at the same time, adjusting things accordingly in order to try and get a result."

McGhee, meanwhile, is hoping to discover the reasons behind his side's inability to hold onto a lead after being a goal up in the last two defeats.

"That is something we have to consider," McGhee admitted. "We need to start capitalising in situations like that.

"A lot of the talking we did in the dressing room after the game was to try and find out reasons why we haven't been able to do that.

"When the players left our changing room you can be absolutely assured that they believed that they could win the game. When we scored the early goal I was confident we could win the game.

"Then we lost a goal and we suddenly looked a lot more disconnected as a team; almost like a group of individuals.

"That is something we need to fix, but I still believe that this group of players is good enough to get results in this league."

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  • derekuwaga  |  November 10 2012, 12:48PM

    could sue of slander and put some of that "hard" earned cash in the club which has one of the "best" wages structures in the league, who will be next my dear friends, the season ticket holder in the blackthorn end? one of the blackthorn buccaneers? of the true gasheads who want to see the cub we has had some much promising talent in the past and the opportunity to grow and be a decent championship team forfeit its promise. I really can't see us beating chesterfield today nor the Wycombe wanders reply game, I think we will just about stay up but maybe in someway it would be better if we went down and rebuilt the club as currently we really don't have a squad which can make the playoffs nor the manager, I remember when we has 12,000, 8,000, 7,000 fans every game and in league 2 under the days of Mr PT, but the fans don't want to keep hearing the same beating drum cries and a manager who does not have the club in his heart, how can he argue the best base for the club when he is just following orders? Andy Tilson & Garry Thompson along with Vitālijs Astafjevs to rework and rerun the club as they know the league and the club. any good manager will always tell you that you can only work with what you have got but seem does not seem to be working at the back and I really believe it is the real reason why we play as we do with the quality of the players we have let alone in this league as anyone can and does beat anyone, but come on at some point we all need to make a stand and say enough is enough and lets really sort this out for once and for all. I am wishing all you gasheads a safe journey, happy time at the mem and a good result, and an excellent weekend to you all and please done think I am ****ging this fantastic and beloved club of mine off as I am only giving my point of view which you may think is wrong and could very well be but please all feel free to write me back if you have a point as I would like to hear others point of view on things, C'mon you blues! Derekuwaga@yahoo.com

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  • derekuwaga  |  November 10 2012, 12:48PM

    Hello my dear gashead brothers and sisters. I wanted to write you all a few points for you to consider in our current position in the league and the current level of quality we have. Of course we have had a list of decent players injured for a huge chunk of the entire season, Harrold maybe being the most important considering where we find ourselves in the league, even if we have only played 15 games of the season so far, around 19%. But the fact the club is starting to go down the "soap opera" scenario of old days past as such times when we had Francis for the second time, Ray graydon, John still, etc, etc is proof enough we have not learnt the lessons of the past downfalls and poor performances we have seen us go on a baron run like we are in now of past promised glories for our beloved club and shirt. We have got one of the worst offences and defences in the league which echoes the sounds of old when we finished in second from bottom in the days of junior agogo and paul tait, not keeping clean sheets and not getting anything out of games away and then excuse that players are scared of winning at home in front of their fans as it's too much pressure. I love my club like you all but sometimes you need to at least keep some of the old to learn some of the new, it really doesn't not seem to have sunk in, I am not blaming Mcgee on his own but we need to replace and rebuild the squad and not the ground at present as who wants to go to a third filled ground at best to watch bottom of league two football? do the broad not think of Darlington or Bradford city for example? It almost sound like they are running a bank with the amount of mistakes they are making at the helm. Worrying also is the fact that if anyone in a position of respect for being ex staff, broad room or players starts to "state" there concerns that the club is not being run correctly they are handed a letter to ban them from any future games but surely if they and lying then the current chairman

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  • dickpuller  |  November 08 2012, 7:15PM

    Promotion is not the objective here,staying in the football league is but with mcghee in place doubtfull .how many times have we been told that transfers fees received will be used to bring stability to the club,Sorry that won't wash any more.banned from the mem twice in one day !could always go for a curry...

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  • MichaelRooney  |  November 08 2012, 3:31PM

    Burgeyv111. I think you will find that if Bristol Rovers FC do go bust it will only be after the owners of Bristol Rovers 1883 Ltd have got their money out. Whether we are in League 2, Conference Premier or Conference South that will not change. The owners say they are Gasheads and are only involved for the good of the club but if the UWE Stadium is built will they be content to leave that asset in the club and sell out to new owners at a price which reflects only the money they have actually put into the club ? Or will they say "oh no, we are entitled to the money from the Sainsburys windfall as well" and demand a new owner pay them a huge sum for the club and stadium making themselves a tidy profit in the process ? This matters to Gasheads because a new owner paying a huge sum for the privilege of owning Rovers will have less money to invest in the club and team so it is more likely that our decline will continue.

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  • JoeFrankie  |  November 08 2012, 2:43PM

    What division were we in when Mr Ward took over? Division 2 in old money. What division were we in when he left? Division 3 in old money. Why was he sacked? Because he didn't go to the club Christmas Lunch having told the board that his wife was ill. The real reason was that he was being interviewed for the vacant Manager's job at Luton Town. John Ward is yesterday's man. Sacked by Carlisle and Colchester recently. I say again, we can't go on sacking managers and wondering why we're not making any progress?

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  • pierecardinal  |  November 08 2012, 2:34PM

    First things first, start on Saturday with 4-4-2 and play players IN their natural position. If it means dropping certain players then so be it.

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  • Burgeyv111  |  November 08 2012, 2:02PM

    @ JoeFrankie thank you for amusing me with that ridiculous statement of "(not that he had any success at Rovers)" with a 42.5% Win rate compared to Mark McGhee 28.95% as I am 100% positive Mark McGhee would love to be as unsuccessful as Mr Ward !!! In any walk of life we can only be judged on performance and if you or I was not performing at our jobs it would be only one outcome (sacked) how long do you want to give this guy? If you're down there by Xmas it is a well known fact in football that is where you will be likely to be come end of season…. That's non league football and let me reassure you if that happens at Bristol Rovers I am pretty confident we would quickly go bust and loose our club all together. You willing to risk that for the sake of giving a guy clearly out of touch a further 12 – 16 months just encase he "might" pull it around?

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  • westywardy  |  November 08 2012, 11:26AM

    Jog on Mr Magoo.

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  • JoeFrankie  |  November 08 2012, 11:02AM

    Burgeyv111, you must be a doctor if you have lost your patients... dickpuller - the muzzy money has gone into the overdraft. We lose between £500,000 and a million each season. As for the manager, I'm still convinced that given time, Mark McGhee's Rovers will do the business and get promotion. But it won't be this season. As one contributor said last week, judge him at the end of next season. Regarding the John Ward suggestion, have you ever heard of the adage 'never go back?' How many managers have returned to clubs and failed to replicate their initial success (not that he had any success with Rovers)? We can't keep changing manager every six months.

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  • dickpuller  |  November 08 2012, 10:26AM

    Mcghee can only work with what hes got what are the options [mind you he signed most of them] promisies of strikers and midfield players never happened where has the cash from muzzy gone.why have we survived with loan keepers for 5 years no one has faith in beven so he can't be included.These directors need somehow to be called to account but how do the fans do it. Get spencer back on the board and call john ward.I will now be banned from the mem but as they say life sometimes gives you positives......

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