Well it’s now or never. I think even the most diehard Rovers fan will have to concede we are destined for the drop if we fail to pick up maximum points over the Easter weekend.
And what a difficult match to start us off with tomorrow’s trip to the Walkers Stadium to face Leicester City.
Last Friday was a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show, as we got off to the perfect start agaisnt high-flying Birmingham City. A great cross found Piquionne who gave us the lead, but as has happened so often this season, we could not hold it, and the Blues struck back, this was after they had hit the bar, and how Zigic missed from three yards out I will never know.
The Brummies took the lead in the second half when Chris Burke curled in a shot in from the edge of the box. The final nail in the coffin was drilled home when Marlon King, who scored two goals against us at St Andrews in the final 10 minutes, was left unmarked and in acres of space to kill the game.
I have now banned my Mom for the next 82 years from attending future games - lol.
One Rovers fan who had a little to celebrate was John Belia, who lives in Birmingham, and whose Mrs was in the away end, as she is a Blue nose (bet it was fun in their household over the weekend). Sue had a £1 bet at 70/1 for City to win 3-1 with King to score. Wonder if John saw any of the winnings?
The trip to Leicester reunites us with old foes, Matt Mills and Richie Wellens. What I would give to have theose two back. We were robbed by poor officials at last season’s corresponding fixture, after Sharpy had scored his 100th league goal.
It must be frustrating if you a Foxes fan, as on paper they have one of the best squads in the league, but have never hit their true potential, and will be lucky to get into the play offs. Nigel Pearson returning as manager has not hit the right notes.
This game is quickly followed by Burnley’s visit to the Moat on Monday. They had a great result away at Pompey last Saturday but by all accounts they were pretty poor in the first half. But they lost at home to Brum on Tuesday night.
We won the home fixture against the Clarets last season courtesy of a freak own goal and I would settle for the same again.
If Christmas could come early, I would wish for a massive lottery win so that we could support Joh Ryan, who has been left with an unenviable task of keeping us financially afloat, in these hard times - not an easy job. He deserves everyone’s support for the loyalty he has shown the club, but it’s a heavy burden to carry on just one pair of shoulders. The fans are really grateful and let’s hope this season has not dampened his love for the club, or where will we be?
Buses to Leicester tomorrow depart Retford 10.40, Bawtry 10.50, Harworth 10.55, Rossington 11.05, Infirmary 11.15 and Keepmoat 11.30, due to number of buses places are limited.
Lets get behind the lads to the end.