The day we outsung the Welsh in the land of song

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WHAT a week we have had following that disaster of a 6-0 defeat at home by Ipswich, the worst since 1997, with two long trips to Swansea and Norwich.

Swansea was always going to be a tough game as we usually have a close battle but with 13 players missing in key areas and two new lads coming in at the last minute, we knew it would be a battle, which it turned out to be.

For the media team it’s one of the few this season that we decided to overnight with the team as I did not fancy driving over 500 miles in one day plus working at the game, so we set off on Friday.

The club always stop at the same hotel when in Swansea and it reminds me of Lord of the Rings as it has a tower in the middle like the one in the film.

With the lads needing to focus on the game, the media team took in the delights of Swansea Frankie and Benny’s for dinner although Maz Ahmed realised he had his Rovers top on - not a wise thing to do on a Friday night in Swansea - so had to freeze in the rain without his coat.

On Saturday we went down to what I consider to be one of the friendliest places to work as everyone is so helpful. Unfortunately we were also very helpful to Swansea on the field, in a game that we never really competed in.

For me the highlight of the day was the amazing noise our small band of fans made. They out-sung the Welsh. No mean feat in the land of song!

So game over and manager Sean O’Driscoll does his interviews and came out with my favourite quote: “Run over a black cat? I think I have run over a litter!”

I finally got home at 10.30pm at which time I sat down and worked on the match programme with pictures and reports, finally getting finished at midnight.

I now knew I had just two days before we started all over again on another long and winding road, quite literally, to face a tough Norwich side looking to go second.

It’s a bit like the film ‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’ travelling to Norwich with the new title ‘Sunday Drivers, Lorries and Tractors’ as you can hardly get over 40 miles an hour all the way there and Lincolnshire and Norfolk have the most round a bouts on one stretch of road!

Three hours later we arrived at Carrow Road and were ready for a healthy meal at Morrisons. The media room was obviously designed by Norwich chairwoman Delia Smith as it looks like a B&Q stainless steel kitchen!

The welcome you get there is second to none with both Gemma and Joe really helpful - though it’s not an easy place to take action shots.

There was an amazing crowd and atmosphere which made me tingle as the team came on and I wish our fans would do the same.

I said Norwich were always helpful - well even their team were as they headed a beauty into their own net.

It was almost back to the type of Rovers’ performance we have come to expect with Stocky (Brian Stock) bossing the middle and the rest showing dogged determination even when we went behind. Shame the Norwich stewards seemed to want to quieten our fans.