Rovers playing well enough to do better

Super show: Ex-England goalkeeper David James
Super show: Ex-England goalkeeper David James
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we all thought we would get our first points on the board against Bristol City last weekend and although we didn’t get all three, we are now up and running.

Why oh why do opposition keepers play out of their skin when it comes to playing us? It was no different on Saturday when ex-England keeper David James rolled back the years to give a virtuoso performance, culminating in a penalty save from James Hayter.

Rovers nearly gifted City an early lead, when Nicky Maynard was one on one with Gary Woods, but the keeper kept him out.

The first half was a nip and tuck game, which Rovers probably just shaded, but we let a stupid goal in on the stroke of half time, Albert Adamoah stroking home a 20 yard effort.

The second half saw Rovers totally dominate and we thought we were back in it when Kyle Bennett won us the penalty, but up stepped that man James. Not to be denied Hayts headed home 10 minutes later, from a cross from the impressive on loan Chelsea striker Milan Lalkovic.

James pulled off great saves from Gillett, Barnes and Bennett to make the game finish 1-1, two easy games against Cardiff and Reading away to come - easy peasy - lets hope this international break, gets some of the injured players back, as Rovers are hoping to have a behind closed doors friendly.

We have played well in all the games bar Derby away, and should have more points on the board. We again have been beset with injuries, to Billy Sharp, James Hayter and Ryan Mason, but thankfully things are looking a bit brighter on that score.

We beat Tranmere convincingly in the Carling Cup, and were the better side against Leeds, but fell to two excellent sucker punches, we did not want to show Man U up anyway . . . they may have thumped Arsenal, but we are the North version and made of sterner stuff.

The support has dropped again, altthough the away ends were full for the Leeds and West Ham games, so will have boosted our war chest.

Rovers do have offers on for the Crystal Palace game - two adult tickets for £9.50 with the Sun newspaper vouchers, or £30 for a family of four. Well worth it, go and buy your tickets.

The Supporters Club have been approached about forming a branch in the Thorne and Moorends area, hoping to run buses to away games. For more details phone Brian Armitage on 01405-812298 or 07935-221304 for more details.

Hope you find a game to go to this weekend, why not support one of the local non league teams as it’s Non-League Day tomorrow.

Rovers till i drop.