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“It was a game of two halves if I am being honest,” he said in his assessment of the match. “I thought in the first half we controlled the game, we created a lot of chances and put Bristol Rovers under a lot of pressure.
"In the second-half I think the home fans frightened our lads a little bit and I have to be honest and say they were fantastic [the fans] but our lads didn’t deal with it well and we caused our own problems with sloppy defending and switching off.”
Rooney opened the scoring just after ten minutes, after the Gas failed to clear the ball however a near-sublime second half performance the game was switched on its head by Joey Barton’s side.
Josh Coburn grabbed the equaliser just before the hour mark when he was found by Aaron Collins who broke free and played the ball across the box to the Middlesbrough loanee.
Collins then went from creator to scorer with ten minutes to go of the contest when he was found by Sam Finley. The welshman beat his man in the air and placed his header into the bottom corner, something even he was surprised about.
It looked to be a great turnaround win for Joey Barton’s side, who was sent off as the game approached the 90th minute and would’ve been watching with fury from the stand as he saw Rooney head home unmarked, in what was virtually the last kick of the game.
“It was more ball watching and not working out where people were but we managed to get through that, we managed to score two goals, and it was about time we scored a late goal to be honest.
The subs made an impact, they gave us some more energy and then right at the end, big Roons [Shaun Rooney] managed to flick the ball on and for me it’s just the willingness to go and score a goal.”