THEY say a week is long time in politics..it certainly is in football.
Firstly we had manager Sean O’Driscoll and No 2 Richard O’Kelly being put on ‘gardening leave’ and then Dean Saunders being appointed as new first team manager, and we go and win a game. Pinch me I must still be dreaming!
Hands up who saw that (O’Driscoll’s departure) coming - especially after chairman John Ryan’s public backing of Sean only days previous?
Crystal Palace were our first visitors under the new manager and a rare Jonn Oster goal gave us the points, although you could argue that it was an own goal after the ball clipping the heels of a Palace defender.
The nice flowing pretty football (we have been used to under O’Driscoll) had disappeared, and was replaced with a more direct option.
I personally felt the first half was like having your teeth pulled out, but once Billy Sharp entered the fray (in the second half) and lifted the majority of the crowd, things started to look up.
The defence were solid and well drilled, giving us a clean sheet for the first time this season as well as our first three points, which were more than welcome.
The post-match press conference was also different. It was more relaxed as Dean’s enthusiasm shone through.
I think all fans would like to thank Sean and Richard for all the great work and success they have bought to the club in the past five years.
Tuesday night’s game against Hull City followed the same lines as Saturday.
A very poor first half saw the Tigers have the majority of chances and possession and deservedly took the lead.
But the second-half was a bit more like the Rovers we have come to love -. more passing and more fight, and again Billy’s substitution lifted the fans and the players.
Simon Gillett’s close range volley, after a head back from ‘The Beast’ (Jon Parkin) gave us an equal share of the points, making the gap smaller at the bottom of the league.
We nearly got all three points, but Billy’s close range header was not enough to beat Hull keeper Basso.
This weekend sees us off to another team tipped for the drop (Peterborough) at London Road,
Peterborough have not had too bad a start to the league, and eyebrows were raised after their 7-1 home victory against Ipswich, but with our mini revival I can’t see why we can’t claim all three points.
Tuesday night saw more rumours flying about than used to be the case in the old News of the World, about players who were coming to the club.
Pascal Chimbonda has signed a short-term deal and El Hadji Diouf, Dexter Blackstock, Alan Smith, Thomas Priskin were all reported to be on our wanted list.
Where is the money coming from? Has the balance of power in the board room shifted? They were topics being knocked around by the fans this week.
Buses to Peterborugh are as follows: Retford 10.45 am, Harworth 10.50, Bawtry/ Rossington 11am Hare and Tortoise 11.05, Infirmary 11.15 and Keepmoat 11.30, Please note the bus times are 30 minutes later than first announced. There is still room on the coaches but due to a lack of numbers the bus will not be picking up in Sprotborough.
Have a great weekend and let’s hook those three points.
Rovers ‘till I drop.