Ben Garner praised the quality of his two strikers in the 2-0 victory over Sunderland

Memorial Ground Bristol Rovers. Image Callum Ellis.

by Matt Slater

BRISTOL Rovers boss Ben Garner was ecstatic with the performance of both his strikers and underlined their importance to the side.

Jonson Clarke-Harris bagged both goals, including one from the spot, in the 2-0 victory over Sunderland.

Garner was keen to show how just important the striker was to the victory.

“Sunderland played three centre-halves, and at time he occupied all three of them,” he said.

“He was a beast tonight; his turn and finish were outstanding.

“He’s had a little bit of a stop start season, due to missing pre-season. But he went through the pain barrier tonight for the team, but it shows the leadership skills as well.”

Clarke-Harris’ usual strike partner is Ed Upson, but he was unavailable due to suspension, which meant youngster Cameron Hargreaves got his first appearance in 11 games, and he took the opportunity with both hands.

And his manager was full of praise for the youngster, despite his lack of games.

“I told Cammy he was going to play tonight straight after the game on Saturday, and he was outstanding tonight.

“Recently, we have lacked energy and drive and that is one thing that Cameron guarantees.

“He is a smashing professional and I’m delighted he took his opportunity tonight”.