Manager Paul Buckle defiant on Bristol Rovers stay

Paul Buckle
Buckle left Torquay for Bristol Rovers in May

Bristol Rovers boss Paul Buckle insists that he is the right person to lead the struggling League Two club forward.

The Pirates threw away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to Plymouth on Boxing Day, a result which leaves them 18th, without a league win since October.

After the game, a section of supporters directed chants at the former Torquay boss, calling for Buckle to be sacked.

When asked if he was the right person for the job, he told BBC Radio Bristol: "Of course. Why wouldn't I be?"

He continued: "I've had one job, with great success, and I've come here to bring it to Rovers.

"It's not going to happen overnight. We've got loads of work to do and we've got to build a team that's capable of all weathers."

Players must take responsibility - Buckle

Commenting on the atmosphere at the Memorial Stadium after the game, Buckle added: "It's been like that for a while.

"Only wins are going to turn that around, I think. We've got to keep working on it but it certainly doesn't help."

Buckle took charge at Rovers in May and rebuilt the relegated side, bringing in 19 new players.

But the new-look Rovers side have claimed just six victories from their 22 league games and Buckle believes he still needs to strengthen his pack, especially in defence.

"Hopefully, in this window, we can bring in a minimum of two," he added, "especially at the back who can be powerful when we are put under pressure.

"Gary Sawyer and Byron Anthony are not six foot plus or physically strong.

"We need to bring in some dominant players at the back so we can clear our lines and do the nasty side."

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