Buckle understands fans' fury

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Bristol Rovers boss Paul Buckle was in no mood to offer excuses after hearing his team booed off for the second successive home game following a 3-1 defeat to Cheltenham.

"We conceded three dreadful goals and have to learn to cope with the pressure of playing in front of our own fans," said the manager. "Cheltenham have won without having to do anything special. We gifted them the points. The first goal resulted from a player running unchallenged half the length of the pitch and the other two were from corners."

He added: "We suffered two bad injuries to Danny Woodards and Wayne Bown, but I am not offering them as excuses. I understand the fans' frustration, although booing their own team doesn't help anyone."

A brilliant solo run saw Kaid Mohamed outpace substitute Michael Smith before sliding his shot past Scott Bevan on 36 minutes. Seven minutes later Luke Summerfield doubled the advantage, latching on to a Marlon Pack corner and blasting the ball into the net with his right foot.

Another Pack corner on 48 minutes caught Rovers out again as Jimmy Spencer side-footed home from close range. Lee Brown reduced the arrears for Rovers with a deflected 25-yard shot on 65 minutes, but Cheltenham held on comfortably for a deserved success.

Visiting boss Mark Yates said he fancied Mohamed to score as soon as he picked up the ball and drove at the Rovers defence .

"Kaid can be unstoppable in that situation because he has so much pace," said Yates. "It didn't surprise me at all when he scored, but it was a great goal from our point of view,

"The second came from a new corner routine straight off the training ground and the third was very similar. It took a deflection to rob us of a clean sheet and the lads are a bit down about conceding. But overall we have to be delighted with the performance."

Rovers lost full-back Woodards after only four minutes with a rib injury and later saw substitute Wayne Brown stretchered off with an ankle problem. But it was wretched defending, rather than any misfortune, which resulted in Buckle's new look side again disappointing in front of their own supporters.

Cheltenham could have stretched their lead in the closing stages as Bevan had to save from former Rovers player Josh Low and substitute Jeff Goulding.

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