Smells like team spirit for Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke

Smells like team spirit for Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke paid testament to his players' character as they came from behind to beat Swindon 2-1 at the County Ground.

Rovers scored two goals in quick succession in the final 10 minutes to extend their unbeaten run to five games, thus lifting themselves out of the Sky Bet League One relegation zone.

Clarke was thrilled with the win and hopes Rovers can build on the impressive display.

He said: "I'm delighted with the performance. I thought we thoroughly deserved the three points.

"You've got to keep going until the end and to get the two quickfire goals it showed that we were always knocking on the door.

"The character of this group of players over a sustained period of time, for me, can't be questioned.

"They keep going, they roll their sleeves up and they go. We have got good players and a good squad of players who can come in.

"We can take a bit of confidence from this result, unbeaten in five now and we can move on to Saturday.

"Everyone wanted the ball, there was no hiding. Everyone took responsibility in the decisions they made.

"I don't try and be clever with our substitutions and I don't always get it right to be honest with you but I certainly won't sit on my backside and watch us get beat."

Swindon's Lloyd Jones, who missed the defeat to Bury due to suspension, bundled in a Yaser Kasim corner in the sixth minute to give his side the lead.

Rovers substitute Jermaine Easter made an impact off the bench as he was fouled by defender Raphael Rossi Branco in the penalty area.

Matty Taylor equalised by scoring a penalty on 83 minutes to score his sixth goal of the season.

Easter found himself involved a minute later as his cross-cum-shot was deflected in by Branco.

Swindon's manager Luke Williams said: "In the end they deserved to win because they were brave and kept putting the ball forward, fighting for everything, running for the flick-ons and got the second ball. We didn't match that.

"In the end you can't keep just trying to hold on to a 1-0 lead for 85 minutes, it is impossible. It is a silly tactic, especially for us. We need to defend with the ball.

"I am upset for Raphael. He doesn't need to make that mistake. We allowed this situation to happen by not controlling the game. We created that scenario. It was bound to happen.

"The responsibility falls on my shoulders. I need to help the group turn this around. Ultimately if I am not successful someone else will have to do it."


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