Bristol Rovers manager Mark McGhee was delighted to watch his side pick up their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory at Exeter City and praised the travelling fans for their support.

The Pirates had yet to win this campaign but an early strike from Dave Clarkson helped settle their nerves. Former Rovers favourite Jamie Cureton levelled for Exeter in first-half stoppage time but it was the visitors who won the game when Eliot Richards' shot slipped through the fingers of Exeter goalkeeper Artur Krysiak at his near post.

McGhee said: "We need to build on the victory, but we will have to improve on this performance. The fans came down in their numbers and it was fantastic, they gave us real support. During this difficult period where we have played well and played poorly they have stood behind us and they have helped us get the victory today.

"We deserved to win the game. There was a lot of work put into the game and we have won it by a good individual goal.

"We will hope to build on that and we are very pleased. David Clarkson really deserved the first goal, he drove us from a wide position early on and then played up front. His work was unbelievable and he put in a great shift."

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale said: "It's a frustrating result given how well we played. The first goal was a mistake and we made another terrible mistake for the second. We can't put all the blame on defenders and goalkeepers, we have had our fair share of opportunities to score goals, but we didn't take them.

"They scored one more than us and that is all that matters. I saw improvement in the team and the way we played and the way we played first half was terrific. I am hard pressed to find a better performance than that in my six years here, but a failure to put chances away will dictate where we are in the league.

"I see an effective team with a very strong togetherness and players that can score goals. I wish we had scored more, but we have substance and I think we will improve. We will experience days like this which will make us stronger."