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Darrell Clarke revels in fantastic finale for Bristol Rovers

31 March 2014

Darrell Clarke described the dramatic end to his first game as Bristol Rovers boss as a 'fantastic moment'.

Kaid Mohamed netted the game's only goal with an injury-time header which left Morecambe feeling like they had been mugged.

Clarke, who took charge following John Ward's move up to become director of football, could hardly have expected such a buzz at the end.

"It was a fantastic moment," said the 36-year-old manager. "I had some great times when I was in charge of Salisbury City, but nothing to match that.

"I am over the moon at the moment. But we will keep feet on the ground because we know we can play a lot better.

"It was an anxious performance in many ways. As time went on the supporters became more tense and it spread onto the pitch

"But I have to give the lads great credit for keeping going to the end. Now we turn our attention to a tough game at Bury on Tuesday and the league position is still not comfortable."

Morecambe went close through first-half shots from Andrew Fleming and Jamie Devitt and they defended strongly, despite losing centre-back Chris McCready to a thigh injury after only 20 minutes.

Boss Jim Bentley said: "The game had 0-0 written all over it and it would have finished that way if we had made better decisions at the end.

"You don't try to bring the ball down in midfield and turn on a bobbly pitch in the last minute of a tight game.

"We then could have done better to prevent the cross and marked more closely in the middle. If we had done all those things we would be going hope with a point.

"It was the hardest goal to take since I have been manager because of the way the game went, our overall performance and the closeness of the league table."


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