Home form is vital for Bristol Rovers, says Mark McGhee
BRISTOL Rovers boss Mark McGhee believes his players are close to bringing their poor run of Memorial Stadium form to an end.
McGhee watched his side's latest bid to win at home for the first time end in defeat on Wednesday night following a 1-0 reverse at the hands of Cheltenham Town.
Rovers will be attempting to break their home duck at the sixth time of asking when Northampton visit the Memorial Stadium tomorrow and McGhee said: "We're determined to turn this poor run of home form around as quickly as possible.
"You do put yourself under pressure with your own supporters when you don't win games in front of them and we all as a squad have to big enough to get over that.
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"We're working as hard as we can to turn this form around and I'm sure the supporters are as frustrated as we are, but we have a decent squad of players who will eventually start winning games and climbing the table.
"It's a challenge we have to face head on. The game against Northampton has become a little bit more important because we want to get that first win at home.
"We enjoy playing at the Memorial Stadium and nobody will have any problems with going back there on Saturday to play in front of our own supporters. I'm ready for it because I believe that the players we have here are good enough to overcome any pressure there may be to win games here."
Asked why his players were struggling to win games in front of their own supporters, McGhee replied: "I don't think it has much to do with anything other than, at times, we haven't played well enough.
"We've missed chances in some games and in others the final pass hasn't been quite right. That is just the way it is at the moment. We just need to get back out there again on Saturday and do better.
"I didn't anticipate that we'd lose the game against Cheltenham on Wednesday night. It was quite the opposite in fact.
"I thought at worst we would draw the game. We got done after a rare mistake from Garry Kenneth and then a comedy of errors to let Chris Zebroski in to score, which was disappointing. I thought we dominated the majority of the game after that and the players went about their business in a way in which I would expect."