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Clarke looking to positives

Darrell Clarke believes Bristol Rovers need "three or four points" to retain their League Two place after a 3-2 loss at Portsmouth.

Goals from Adam Webster and Danny Hollands had been wiped out by a double from Pirates striker Matt Harrold before the break.

But Wes Fogden converted Ryan Taylor's knock-down in the 70th minute to leave Rovers immediately above the drop zone on 47 points, level with Wycombe in 21st and Northampton.

Clarke was encouraged by the team's efforts at Fratton Park and is keeping thoughts of relegation out of his mind.

He said: "The team showed plenty of character, plenty of spirit and plenty of fight. I'm just disappointed with the goals we conceded.

"If the players give me that application effort and desire and a bit better defending, we'll be fine for the remaining three games.

"It's okay doing it once; we've got to be exactly the same against Rochdale, who are going for promotion, on Monday.

"We're in there fighting. We've got three games remaining. Our destiny is still in our own hands. This was a cup final - we have three cup finals to go. I think we need about three or four points possibly - it depends on how other results go.

"I'm not contemplating it or talking about relegation. We're going to concentrate on the three cup finals."