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Rofe: No interest in permanent job

7 October 2012

Bournemouth caretaker-manager Dennis Rofe insists thoughts of taking charge of the Cherries on a permanent basis have never entered his head.

The former Leicester and Chelsea full-back was charged with leading the team into their 1-0 defeat at Coventry after Paul Groves was sacked earlier in the week.

But when asked is he was interested in the job, Rofe said: "That's never entered my head. I was asked to take the team and that's what I've done and the powers that be, above me, will decide what happens in the future."

The Cherries immediate future lies in the npower League One relegation zone after David McGoldrick's 62nd-minute strike saw the Sky Blues leapfrog their struggling opponents. Bournemouth had chances to open the scoring but did not take them - Lee Barnard wasting the clearest opportunity when through on goal two minutes before the opener.

"We had a gameplan that was working well up until half-time," added Rofe. "There are fine margins. We had a few chances that we didn't take, and they did as well, the game was pretty evenly-balanced at half-time.

"We conceded the goal, which was possibly poor defending by us, but then we changed shape again and had chances to get an equaliser.

"I always thought this was going to be a tight game between two teams at the wrong end of the table and the first goal was going to be crucial. If we had got it, it would have given our boys a bit of impetus and a bit of a boost and knocked them and unfortunately for us they got it and we lost a bit of our confidence."

Coventry are growing in confidence and have now taken seven points from their last three matches. Half-time substitute Callum Ball made the difference in this match, coming on to change the flow of the game and providing a wonderful chip to tee-up McGoldrick's winner.

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins said: "It was hard graft and it wasn't pleasant watching because I was getting a bit frustrated on the touchline, but we needed a spark.

"The game was there to be taken, we needed to take it by the scruff of the neck and we didn't do it. At half-time I decided we needed to make a change and Callum really epitomised what I was after in the first half."

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