FIRSTLY I would like apologize to all the supporters who travelled on one of the Supporters Club coaches to Peterborough on Saturday.
Th engine overheated and had to stop en-route about ten times. So on the hottest day of the year, passengers had to suffer without any air conditioning for the journey.
We could not swap coaches as this bus had been converted to carry wheelchairs and there was no readily available replacement.
Thankfully the result went in our favour or I would have been lynched!
What it is about Rovers which stops us performing in the first half of games?
It was the same on Saturday. The Posh totally outplayed us and no Rovers fan would have been surprised if the hosts had been three or more up at half-time.
But for the post, and a couple of saves from keeper Neil Sullivan, it may well have been that score line at half-time. As it was the home side only had Grant McCann’s effort to show for their efforts.
Manager Dean Saunders must have flicked a switch at half-time as the lads came out a much different side. Their work-rate was up, as was as their enthusiasm.
An excellent 25 yard plus strike by Brian Stock put us level - much to the joy of the fans - and you felt from that point onwards that there was only going to be one team who would win the game.
Dean’s surprise, and bold, substitution of Billy Sharp after an hour, bringing on Kyle Bennett, came up trumps as the sub stroked home the winner - although there was a slight suspicion of use of the arm. But it’s about time Lady Luck shone on us.
Had Jon Parkin’s shot not come back of the underside of the bar, we could have been home and dry. Posh kept on going until the end, twice hitting the woodwork, but we hung on to claim a 2-1 win.
Thankfully, a replacement bus got all the fans home hot, but happy.
A lot of our 1,500 fans commented on how great it was to be able to stand up at a game on the terraces. It made for a great atmosphere and you wonder if there is a argument for bringing back safe standing areas at grounds.
Whatever Dean’s doing let’s bottle it, and keep the run going. It’s a shame that it’s international break weekend to break up the momentum.
There has again been a lot of talk of all the players coming to the club. Ilunga and Chimbonda have signed and such as Alan Smith been mentioned, and the Diouf story keeps hanging around despite rumours he’s off to play in Russia. Let’s see what next week has in store for us.
We did have a midweek friendly against an Owls X1 which we won 3-2, with Sharp, Bennett and Hayter on the mark.
Rovers ‘till I drop