Who would have dreamed we’d be in fourth place?

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ANOTHER two away games and another six points that have seen us rocket up the league into fourth place - something that even the most optimistic Rovers’ fan would never have predicted three months ago.

Nobody can seem to live with us our travels and we are now unbeaten in eight away games on the bounce.

The back-to-back away wins were achieved at Portsmouth and Carlisle despite doing over 800 miles on our travels in four days.

Portsmouth came down from the Championship with us last season and are still in a financial mess - though they still seem to be able to sign players left right and centre.

The only goal came in the first half when a great cross by Martin Woods found ‘human dynamo’ Iain Hume who slotted home in a great all-round team performance.

I, like many Rovers fans, thought they had equalised with a header right at the death, but thankfully the ball cleared the bar.

More than 400 fans made the journey giving the team great backing, but credit must also go to the home fans for their backing of their team as the Pompey chimes rang out.

We were well received by the home fans who commented on how Donny was a great place to go to, and how much they enjoyed the trip to the Keepmoat last season.

We even got some Pompey fans to buy our Christmas raffle tickets off us. We sampled the burgers which are still keeping up with the best in the league.

It was another long run to Brunton Park on Tuesday.

I had been asked to help commentate on the game from the press box for Rovers Player as poor old Tom Biltcliffe would have had to do it on his own otherwise.

Typical of me, I dropped my pen on the floor and went to pick it up just as Rob Jones headed the ball into the goal - talk of bad timing!

We nearly went two-up moments later when Hume hit the post. We then peppered United keeper, Adam Collin, who had once been on Rovers books, and had numerous chances to increase the lead before another top draw effort from David Cotterill saw us on our way.

We lost the influential Jones at half time and Carlisle pulled a goal back from the impressive Symington with a screaming free-kick from 30 yards.

Just as you thought they would claw their way back, up stepped Tommy Spurr to glance home his first goal for the club to silence the home fans.

A big credit to the brave 188 Rovers fans who made the trip, including some of our Scottish fans who had travelled from Hamilton and other parts of the country.

Hopefully we can reproduce our away form at home tomorrow in the eagerly-awaited derby against the Scunny Bunnies.

We entertain Oldham in a re-arranged game on Tuesday - the first of three scheduled games against them in just over a month.

I forgot to mention in last week’s column that Rovers had lost two great former players the previous week in Stuart Ripley and Bob Gillfillan. Both were legends in their time and our thoughts are with their family and friends.

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