A GAME we could, and should, have won on Saturday against a disappointing Brighton, who were unbeaten since the turn of the year, ended up in a 1-1 draw.
The visitors scored a scrappy goal when Craig Mackail-Smith squeezed a shot in from close range from a nothing ball, but it took until late in the second half for us to draw level, when a penalty for hand ball was awarded.
El Hadji Diouf converted it to level the scores though the BBC website originally said that he had missed it.
Diouf spoke to the media after the game, and was a gent, even if it meant hanging around for him to get ready.
Shame to see Brian Stock pick up another injury.
Lewis Dunk, whose tackle on Billy Sharp in the opening game of the season led to the Rovers’ striker being out for almost two months, was sidelined with an injury so we we couldn’t give him any grief.
Tuesday night saw us play Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
After a poor first 45 minutes the game sprung into life on the stroke of half time when on-loan signing Freddie Piquionne unleashed a 30-yarder that gave Forest keeper Lee Camp no chance.
It must rate as one of the sweetest goals we have scored - even the Forest fans around us were applauding.
No sooner had the second half got under way when a great ball into the box found Diouf and he set up the chance for Kyle Bennett to make it 2-0.Rovers looked comfortable and it could have been 3-0, Bennett hitting the post.
Forest pulled a goal back and came more into the game.
The team worked their socks off, but with Rovers’ history of giving away late goals it certainly wasn’t an easy last 25 minutes for fans.
Fortunately, Forest couldn’t find a equaliser and Rovers picked up three valuable points to help them edge nearer to their safety target.
There is definitely glimmer of light now so let’s hope we can finally escape from the bottom three.
The lads deserve credit for their win but it was one of the worst Forest sides I have seen. No matter, the result made for a pleasurable coach trip home.
Tomorrow sees one of the biggest games of the season when we take on West Ham United at Upton Park.
It is the only ground of the 92 clubs in the Football League when I first started watching the game that I’ve not bee to so in theory I could join the ‘92 Club’.
But with Crawley and Wimbledon being promoted to the Football League it means that I have also got to go to both their grounds, so will try later in the season. But in my eyes I have done it.
There should be a cracking atmosphere. We are taking a healthy following down of around 1,500 on top of the 711 who made the trip to the City Ground.
But with the prices for season tickets, and only having one month to pay for them, and having nine games in March, football is a costly pleasure these days.
It would be nice to get revenge for Kevin Nolan’s winner at the Keepmoat back in August in a game where we matched the Hammers after the opening ten minutes.