Dave Penney hopes for more clean sheets and points

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Bristol Rovers boss Dave Penney believes his struggling side have given themselves something to build on after they managed to keep their first clean sheet in over three months in a goalless draw with Hartlepool.

The Pirates are still in the bottom four and without a victory in 12 league games following a turgid stalemate at the Memorial Stadium.

But Penney, who is still without a win since taking charge eight days ago, said: "To come away from this game with a clean sheet was a massive thing for me. This team hasn't managed to keep one since October, so to finally get one was vital and it will give the players a lot of confidence going forward."

He added: "It looks like they`ve forgotten how to win, but the important thing for us was to make sure that we saw the game out without losing. I know we have players who can play, but there is no point producing pretty football and then getting beat every week.

"It`s not going to be pretty for the foreseeable future because we are going to have to battle and grind our way out of the position we are in. A clean sheet and a more solid-looking performance gives us something to build on, though, and now we hope we can add some goals to that.''

Hartlepool first-team coach Mick Wadsworth was pleased his side managed to bring a run of three straight defeats to an end with a hard-fought point in a game of few chances.

He said: "I wasn't delighted with a point but I was happy with the performance. I felt we dominated the game and that was pleasing for me.


"We had lost the previous three games, so it had been a bit of a squeaky time and that hasn`t been like us this season.

"We had been on a great run of form before that and you know it has to end sometime. To bounce back with a draw away from home and a very solid performance was pleasing.

"We were solid all over the pitch. We had to be because their two strikers (Will Hoskins and Jo Kuffour) are a real handful and that was our biggest worry before the game. We handled them very well and maybe we were only slightly disappointed with our final ball or pass at times when we got into good attacking positions.''

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