How a hammering led to an upturn

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The one game that the 2013/14 season will be remembered for in years to come is the 5-0 demolition at Bournemouth - as much in positive terms as negative.

As Rovers trudged off the field, waved away by their furious support after a listless performance, few would have imagined that anything positive could come from it.

But in the five games which followed the trip to the Goldsands Stadium, Rovers have gone a long way to accomplishing their goal of survival.

There was more than simple diplomacy in Paul Dickov’s claims after the game that the mauling could be exactly what Rovers needed to kick start their survival push.

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