“It’s important now that we come together” says Rowe after Gloucester City claim much needed win

Gloucester City manager James Rowe has called for fans, players and everyone associated with the club to “come together and move forward” after City’s 2-1 win against fellow strugglers Bradford Park Avenue. 

City, who hadn’t won in six matches, took the lead with a first half strike from Bernard Mensah – who bagged his first goal for the club since joining last month.

After having a number of chances to add to the scoresheet in the first half, the Tigers had to wait until the second half to double their lead and it came with just about an hour gone.

Aston Villa loanee Lewis Brunt curled a free kick past everyone into the back of the net to give James Rowe’s men a cushion and a platform to claim all three points.

It was made nervier when the hosts pulled one back through Liam Hodges, but City withstood a late Bradford barrage to claim a much needed win and provides themselves something to build on, starting with the visit of Kings Lynn on Monday night.

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After the game City manager James Rowe spoke on the club’s Facebook page about the game and praised his side’s performance.

“We should have been out of sight at half time really,” Rowe said. “But to a man when it’s gone to 2-1 with twenty minutes to go, you knew that they were going to throw everything at us and the way we stood up to it was fantastic. 

Coming here it was clear that we needed the victory and it was about the performance. If you get the performances right then the wins come and today to a man it was excellent, the game plan worked and we caught them on the break numerously in the first half and should have 3 or 4-0 up really. 

It’s important now that we come together, I think this is a great marker in the sand. The players, there has been some questions asked of them by people who shouldn’t be asking questions and it’s a little bit naughty really and they shouldn’t be doing that, ex-employees and it shouldn’t happen,” Rowe added.

Rowe was also asked about his new look side and how they are all bedding into the club, to which the former Aldershot assistant manager hit back at negative comments being made on social media about his squad.

“It takes time [to have so many new players bed in]. There’s been some brave decisions by the club, it’s not me, it’s the club. We are transitioning into full time football so we need to prepare for that. We can’t leave ourselves short in the summer, so part of the decision making is that. 

I think the players today showed that they are here, they play for the badge. and the way they defended the 18 yard box in the last knockings of the game was magnificent. Let’s move forward!” Rowe said.

Gloucester City host Kings Lynn Town on Monday 10th February at the Jubilee Stadium; kick off 19:45 and it we will have full live radio commentary right here on Severn Sport. 

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