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MANAGER'S REACTION - BRISTOL ROVERS

4 February 2013

Edgar Davids shares his thoughts following the 2-1 defeat to Bristol Rovers

Edgar Davids refused to dwell on defeat after Bristol Rovers stunned Barnet in added time to secure a vital 2-1 win at the Memorial Stadium.

Rovers took the lead on 78 minutes through Fabian Broghammer but Harry Crawford leveled with his first Barnet goal in the last minute of normal time.

Elation soon turned to despair however as Ryan Brunt fired past Graham Stack in the 93rd minute to give Rovers the win, speaking post-match Davids insisted that positives can be taken.

“We played well and we got a lot of good deliveries into the box in the first-half but unfortunately there was nobody in there to finish it off.

“In the second-half we played okay but the crosses were not that good, we have a lot to improve upon but I also saw a lot of positives.”

The former Juventus man continued by praising his side’s progress even though it was not enough to earn them the result they deserved.

“The players have really developed lately and it is all about progression, you can see every game that we look more and more comfortable with the system we are using.

“We played well but at the end of the day it is all about winning and sometimes you need to change your style to get a positive result.”

The Bees dominated the game having 61% of the possession despite being away from home and Davids admitted that defeat was a bitter pill to swallow.

“The players were understandably gutted post-match because when you have such great spells within a game and come away with nothing it leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. 

“After playing well you expect something from the game but if you are not sharp until the end of the game you get punished and on Friday that is was happened.”

Further positives can be taken via the treatment room with the midfielder revealing that Jake Hyde and Curtis Weston should return to face Port Vale at Underhill next weekend.

“Jake is doing well and I believe he will be back next week to face Port Vale but I believe that we have played well in his absence. 

“Ricky Holmes fell awkwardly on his ankle and he will have a scan on Monday and Curtis Weston did not travel because he was ill.”

Davids did however concede that it will be a big ask for the Bees to secure a positive result against Vale who currently sit top of Npower League Two.

“It will be good to be back at Underhill but we are playing Port Vale who are the team at the top of the league so it will be a very difficult game.

“They are number one because they have so much quality, I saw them play against Wimbledon they went 2-0 down but came back to 2-2 and almost won the game, they are a very powerful side.”

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