OW much more late drama can us poor Rovers fans take ?
We’ve had late goals in the games against Swansea, Sheffield United, Middlesbrough and now Millwall, but only one in our favour.
On Saturday at Millwall, I think all parties would agree that a draw would have been a fair result, as neither keeper was severely tested.
The winning goal, when it came two minutes into stoppage time, was a bit of a freak.
Kev Lisbie and Jimmy O’Connor both went for the ball from the right which, looking at it on television, seemed to elude both, although, Lisbie claimed the goal.
It was bitter pill to swallow as rookie keeper Gary Woods deserved to keep his second consecutive clean sheet.
As per normal when we play in the London area, we had a great turnout from Rovers fans.
We had around 800 at the game. We have a big following from down South - a fair few of whom met up at their London watering hole, the Coal Hole Club in the Strand.
Many fans also took advantage of a newspaper’s two adult tickets for £19.50 offer.
Supporters’ Club chairman Len South and myself are on an ‘away match burger survey’ - all in the nature of research I must add.
Millwall’s have plummeted to the worst so far - I wondered why there were no dogs roaming the streets!
I think the BBC Football League Show on Saturday night has something against us.
It showed a few Millwall chances, but the best effort of the game came from Sam Hird, whose acrobatic overhead scissor kick, which forced the home keeper into an excellent save, was deemed not worthy of a mention.
There were some positives to come from the game with another impressive performance from Paul Keegan. Ryan Mason also did well. But, for the second game running, Sam Hird got my vote for man of the match. On his day he reads the game so well.
Tomorrow sees the return game against Portsmouth. The sending-off down at Fratton Park will make the fixture spicy.
You look at their team and they should be doing much better. But let’s not show them any favours and get three more points nearer safety.
Then on Tuesday, it’s Paul Jewell and his Tractor Boys who are in town. We owe them one from two weeks ago, when we should have got a share of the spoils at Portman Road.
Fans should remember that the dearest ticket on Tuesday is only £15, so bring a friend or two along.
A date for you diary: On Friday, March 18 at the Toad brewery (opposite car park 3 at the Keepmoat), the Supporters Club are holding a Race Night in aid of the NSPCC and Rovers Inka Trek. All fans are welcome, including families, and Rovers’ players will be in attendance. Entry is FREE, and it will be a great night. I am still looking for sponsors, so any help please give me a call on 07961-727769
Also can fans please book early for the Swansea and Norwich away games so we can get enough coaches arranged.
Also a word of caution for the Leeds game. They have only given us 1,100 tickets, and fans are holding out for the second batch to be released to avoid being in the corner. But if we don’t sell the initial batch, Leeds may not give us anymore, leaving a lot of fans disappointed.
Let’s hope for six points by next week’s column. Enjoy the game.