SATURDAY’S goalless draw at Nottingham Forest took us another point nearer to safety.
I always enjoy the trips to the City Ground, usually I’m up in the Gods commentating. It saved me a fortune in biscuits not being in the press box.
But to be back amongst the real fans at away games this season has been brilliant, even if I have only got one song to sing as I’m often told.
I was really surprised by the number of fans we had supporting the team down there. We took seven coaches down to the game.
I will have to stop writing bookings on the back of my hand, because I always forget to book someone on the coach. I surpassed myself this week by telling a fan the wrong time for the bus, so we ended up leaving his party behind in Donny.
Thankfully we managed to get him to the game on time, but apologies to John Griffin and his party.
The good news for Rovers was the return of Simon Gillett in midfield. Although not the tallest of players, he is a workhorse in the midfield. And ‘gorgeous’ George was back in his best position. The sight of Mustapha Dumbaya back on the bench also lifted fans’ hopes.
Forest are not completely on fire at present, but they still offered a mighty threat and with the likes of Tudgay, Earnshaw and Tyson up front, it made you fear that Gary Woods would be in for a busy afternoon.
Forest were the brighter of the two teams early doors, but the nearest they came to a first half goal was when Woodsy made a great stop with his legs from Earnshaw.
Just like our last trip to the East Midlands at Derby, Rovers were more like the team we have loved watching in recent years after the interval.
There was some quick breakaways, solid defending and we took the game to our opponents.
In the end we could have sneaked a win with Ryan Mason shooting agonisingly wide of the left-hand post.
This weekend sees us take on runaway leaders QPR and the referees’ friend Neil Warnock.
If we play anywhere near like we did in the second-half last week, we can get all three points. Can we string another 40 pass move against them?
Although top of the league, QPR might not stay there as they are under investigation for allegedly breaking the rule over third party player ownership, just like the Tevez affair.
And at a Quid a Kid and only £15 for adults please bring a friend to the game.
The prices have apparently upset some QPR fans as this is a local promotion just for Rovers’ fans.
But we’ve been ‘robbed’ enough at away grounds this season, and Loftus Road is one of the more expensive grounds and worst views.
I believe if we can get all three points we will be safe for this season.
Don’t forget tonight’s Supporters’ Club NSPCC/Inca Trek Race Night at the Toad Brewery (opposite car park 3) at 7.30pm.
The Retford Branch Dinner and Dance, where we will be naming the Away Player of the Year, is at the Charnwood at Blyth on Friday, May 13. Tickets at £21 include free travel from the Doncaster area. Call me on 07961-727769 to order a ticket or for more details.