FA CUP Dunne praises Rovers resilience... and keeper

FA CupJoe Dunne praised Bristol Rovers for their resilience following a 1-0 FA Cup replay win at League Two Plymouth.

Dunne said: "It is a wonderful result against a really difficult team to play against. Once again the resilience of everybody has shone through.”

Alex Rodman scored Rovers 68th minute winner to earn managerless Rovers a home third round tie against Mark Robins' Coventry City during the first weekend of 2020.

Finnish keeper Anssi Jaakkola earned high praise from Dunne for a string of superb saves which kept the League One high flyers in the competition.

Assistant manager Dunne – in charge of first team affairs for the cup tie following manager Graham Coughlan’s move to Mansfield Town - said: "Anssi proved why he is going to the European Championship in the summer.

“He has made some excellent saves, we need our keeper to do that and I thought everybody worked so hard especially in the second half.

"The cup is all about results it is not just about performances and overall we are delighted.

"A special mention to Cam (Hargreaves) he was very good tonight. We changed it tactically at half-time to use his energy. He got an assist and it was a wonderful header by Alex – he scored a great goal.

"We don’t look forward, we don’t live for tomorrow, we do everything for today. We will have a few knocks and bruises after tonight’s game but we will be ready to go again.

"I am pleased the next round is at the Memorial Ground, we have got the third round to look forward to against another quality side.”

Frustrated Argyle boss Ryan Lowe said: “We have dominated possession, large parts of the game, attacks, chances, crosses, against a good League One team, fourth in the table.

“I am frustrated that we haven’t scored but that’s the (type of) football I want to see at Home Park.

“The last little bit? If someone can put the ball in the back of the net it will be something special.

“Sometimes you need that little bit of luck.

“I think with their goal they’ve had a bit of Lady Luck. Our clearance has hit one of their players on the back, spun up in the air and it’s a good finish from their player.

“But if we’d have had that little bit of luck, for a penalty, the ball over the line or it ricochets in? We just didn't have that. I think we could still be out there now and might not have scored.

“Overall I am pleased with the way the boys played their football and I am sure those chances will turn to goals very soon.”

In-form Rovers resume their League One campaign at home to third placed Peterborough United on Saturday while Argyle - eighth in League Two - visit mid-table Macclesfield. 

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