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Clarke: We didn't deserve loss

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke felt his side's 2-1 defeat at Bury was "a bit undeserved".

Hallam Hope gave the Shakers a dream start by firing in a third-minute opener, only for Rovers to equalise on the stroke of half-time as Ollie Clarke's shot deflected in off team-mate Kaid Mohamed.

Brian Jensen had to pull off a superb save to keep out Matt Harrold's header before Michael Smith and Harrold spurned decent openings in the second half.

But Bury replied with Danny Nardiello going close before Tom Soares claimed the winner from Chris Hussey's corner to leave the Pirates in 20th place.

"For the first 20 minutes we were all over the shop," Clarke said.

"But then we grew into it, we deservedly got level and at the start of the second half I thought only one team was going to go on and win it.

"Fair play to Bury, they came back at us and I thought we'd weathered the storm but then we conceded from a set-piece, which is disappointing from our point of view.

"There's a couple of lads at the near post who should be dealing with the ball and they didn't, which is unacceptable really at our level.

"The boys will learn from that but they've got to learn quickly because we've only got six left. We had a positive result on Saturday and we've got to keep going."