Darrell Clarke: Bristol Rovers boss will follow Barnet score

Darrell Clarke
Darrell Clarke won two promotions as manager of Salisbury City

Conference promotion hopefuls Bristol Rovers will have someone at Barnet's game against Kidderminster on Saturday to keep them updated while the Pirates play Dover, says boss Darrell Clarke.

Second-placed Rovers trail leaders Barnet by one point with two to play.

"I wouldn't be doing my job properly if I didn't know what Barnet were doing during the game," said Clarke.

"I know we have to go and win the game no matter what but I'll certainly be taking a keen interest."

The 37-year-old told BBC Radio Bristol: "We'll have someone at the Barnet game keeping us updated every time there's a goal, phoning one of my staff, and we'll look at it as we go."

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Rovers are aiming to become the first side since Darlington in 1990 to follow relegation from the Football League by winning the Conference title the next season.

The Pirates, who travel to Dover before hosting Alfreton Town on the final day of the campaign, have lost just once since December and won their last three games.

Barnet, meanwhile, have topped the Conference table for all but five weeks of the season and also taken maximum points from their previous three matches.

"We've had must-win games all season," added Clarke. "Every time the lads put on a Bristol Rovers shirt it's a must-win game, so what's different? We're trying to win a league title, but surely that's a great pressure.

"The fans have given me a great chance to just get on with my job. I know it wasn't easy for some supporters after I'd taken over the last eight games of last season.

"But they've given me the opportunity to try to turn it around and I think I've won a lot of them over and I'd like to reward them with promotion."

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