Mark McChrystal plays cameo role between the sticks for Rovers

editorial image

Mark McChrystal says playing as a goalkeeper is ‘not as easy as it looks’ despite helping secure a clean sheet in a cameo role between the sticks for Bristol Rovers last night.

The former Derry City defender stepped up to take the gloves against Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground after goalkeeper, Steve Mildenhall was taken off with a knee injury in the first half.

With no recognised keeper on the bench, McChrystal played in goal for 50 minutes and said it proved to be ‘an interesting evening’ as he helped extend Rovers unbeaten run to seven games.

“It was an interesting evening, I wasn’t expecting that,”he said.

“He (Darrell Clarke) asked me to do it and I said no problem, I’d give it a go. It’s not as easy as it looks.

“I think I did fine. The lads did well in front of me and maybe them being down to 10 helped as well, but we kept a clean sheet.

“The lads defended well on the night. They were trying to get balls into the box and we dealt with it so it’s job done.

“I was confident enough and I tried my best and that’s all I could do really.”

With Rovers’ back-up keeper Will Puddy currently unavailable because of injury, manager, Clarke is likely to sign a stand-in keeper on an emergency loan for Saturday’s game against Welling and McChrystal joked that he now fears he’ll get the axe.

“I’ll be dropped,” he laughed. “These things happen in football and you just have to adapt,” he added. “Obviously when you lose your keeper early doors it was a good point. But we want to win games. It was a hard night so overall I think it was a good point away from home.”