Mark McGhee plays down Bristol Rovers' promotion hopes

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McGhee admits to formation mistake

Bristol Rovers manager Mark McGhee believes it would be unrealistic to start thinking about promotion.

When the Scotsman took over from Paul Buckle in January, Rovers were six points off the League Two drop zone.

But they have won all three games under McGhee and now sit just seven points off the play-offs in 15th place.

"We're not going to be thinking like that - it would be distracting, egotistical and wrong," he told BBC Points West.

"We've got to keep our feet solidly on the ground and concede that at this moment in time we are considered amongst the relegation candidates and we've got to overcome that stigma first.

"You have to be realistic. We've just had a fantastic run and at a point that run is going to come to an end.

"There's a finite number of points you require - around 48 - which leaves us with a significant number of games to win before we can say we'll be playing in this division next year."

Despite beating Morecambe 2-1 at home on Saturday, McGhee admits he made a mistake with his formation in the first half.

Rovers started the game with three up front before Joe Anyinsah was taken off after 33 minutes to be replaced by Eliot Richards.

"The four-three-three system with three strikers can give people a really difficult day," said McGhee. "But clearly it requires the right personnel and preparation. Maybe I was a little bit premature in going forward with that system.

"We changed quickly and took Joe off. If I hadn't have made that decision I think we would have been losing at half-time.

"He'll need counselling," McGhee said of Anyinsah. "If I had been taken off in the first half I'd want to punch the manager.

"It will be difficult on Joe but I explained it wasn't about him. It was about not losing a game and a mistake that I made.

"Joe will be fine. He's got a big contribution the make this season."

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