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League Two

McGhee confident of Rovers turnaround

9 December 2012

Manager Mark McGhee responded to an angry reaction from Bristol Rovers fans at the final whistle by insisting he was the right man to take the club forward.

The experienced Scot had to listen to chants of "What a load of rubbish" and "We want our Rovers back" as he and his beaten team left the pitch at the Memorial Stadium after losing 1-0 to Dagenham & Redbridge.

A small group of supporters stayed on to hurl criticism in the direction of the boardroom after watching the Pirates drift further towards the bottom of the npower League Two table.

McGhee said: "I am certainly not blase about such a reaction and we need to take note of how our supporters are feeling. But I am as enthusiastic about the job as I was on day one and I am convinced that when we get key players back from injury results will turn.

"We had enough chances to win comfortably but we didn't take them and Dagenham scored with virtually their only shot. I am bitterly disappointed by the result, but I am not going to get angry because I felt the lads put the required effort in and just didn't get the breaks."

The wining goal came after 19 minutes when Dagenham's Matt Saunders crossed from the right for Sam Williams to send a right-foot volley past Sam Walker from 12 yards out.

Daggers boss John Still was proud of his battling side.

He said: "Whenever we beat a club the size of Bristol Rovers it is a great day for us. I am used to having to sell my best players and work with one of the lowest wage bills in the league. But we have a team of fighters and that showed.

"The triple save was a big moment in the game and we then scored a very well-taken goal.

"From then on we had to dig in. My back-four had an average age of around 22 so I am very proud of them."

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