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McGhee takes heart from draw

19 September 2012

Bristol Rovers boss Mark McGhee is hoping Tom Parkes' superb 70th-minute leveller will give the Pirates something to build on.

Central defender Parkes' angled strike cancelled out a thumping 30-yard, 35th minute opener from Plymouth playmaker Conor Hourihane.

McGhee said: "Tom is an unlikely goalscorer but he is a terrific footballer. He's got great quality in his feet, particularly in his left foot, so it was no surprise to me that he finished the way he did."

He added: "As I came into the dressing room I heard a few of the players talking. I think it was Lee Brown's voice I heard saying 'come on lads this gives us something to build on' and I hope it is. But we have got a lot of work to do on Saturday to beat an in-form team like Fleetwood.

"I was very pleased with the second half but I was very disappointed with the first half and the goal we lost. We didn't really up the tempo and ask any questions of them, clearly at a time when they were under a little bit of pressure, they were making a few mistakes at the back and the crowd were starting to grumble.

"Had we got the first goal we could have made it a really difficult night for them. Instead of that we have conceded the first goal and then giving them a point, which gives them something to build on, which is not what we should be doing."

Argyle boss Carl Fletcher rued: "Going a goal up I am disappointed we did not get all three points but with regards to our general performance we just didn't seem to have that spark. We tried to make it happen, and worked hard for something to make it happen but it just wasn't there.

"The lads worked their socks off to try and get it. It was a good goal from Conor, I think he could have probably scored in every game we have played this season so it nice for him to get his goal. He has been desperate to get more goals from midfield.

"Guy Madjo worked hard and almost scored with a chip that came off the bar. He is always going to put defenders under pressure, with his presence and physicality. I was pleased for him to get a run-out because he has been itching to get involved.

"We were disappointed with the way we conceded, when they were in the ascendancy in the second half we didn't do the right things in terms of passing the ball. We got a little bit panicky and things got a bit fragmented. From that point of view that's something we will look to improve on."


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