it’s been a great few days to be a Rovers fan, not just because we got draws against two of the top three teams in the division, but also the manner in which those results were acheived - the passion shown by the players, management and fans alike.
Going to West Ham on Saturday was special to me, being the last Football League ground I needed to tick off.
Over 1500 fans made the journey and reading the forums, most fans had a brilliant day out. I had a blond moment before we set off, a couple who are on holiday in Spain asked me to get them some tickets, not observing that it was tickets for the Southampton game and not the Hammers. So I had to stand outside the West Ham ticket office trying to offload them, resulting in me getting a ticking off from their ticket office, thinking I was a tout.
Luckily I got rid, walked round to see the Bobby Moore statue and soak in the day. I was amazed to see around 150 people waiting to be served at a jellied eels and mash shop - not my idea of a tasty meal.
The game started as a mirror image of the home game Kevin Nolan scoring from close range, then Rovers going on to dominate the rest of the game.
West Ham had a goal ruled out in eight seconds, for a push on Chimbonda, although West Ham fans on their forums could not understand how it was ruled out.
Rovers’ second half performance was the best so far this season, and we got a deserved equaliser from James Coppinger, after great work by Diouf and Gillett.
I know Diouf gets a lot of stick from opposistion fans, but the Hammers fans must wish they had signed him when they had the chance after his performance.
The atmosphere created by the fans was immense, non stop singing, and was appreiciated by the players and staff at the final whistle. In contrast Hammers fans were very quiet - the quiestest the East End had been since Arthur Fowler ran away with the Christmas money.
Andy D’urso was the best ref we’ve have had all season, kept the game flowing and was not too picky.
Tuesday’s game was probably the best all season at the Keepmoat. We halted Reading’s run of eight straight wins, as they missed numerous chances as Rovers’ goal lived a charmed life, so it was a shock when Kyle Bennett opened the scoring for us.
Our defences were breached early in the second half, as we were bombarded with excellent crosses from Ian Harte, Pearce heading home from one of his corners.
Many thought that Reading would go on to kill us off, but our perfomances of late have been resiliant and we got a point which could prove so precious in the run in.
Saturday and Tuesday are now must win games, as we are now top of the bottom three, but Derby and Millwall won’t roll over and die, so lets get behind the team and roar them onto victory.
Coach times for the weekend trip to Southampton on Friday: Retford 8.00, Harworth 8.20, Rossington 8.30, Infirmary 8.40 and Keepmoat 9.
We will also be running day coaches to this and the Palace game but please book early.