Rovers Run Out Of Luck

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Rovers were thumped 4-0 at Cardiff City on the day that Premier League star Craig Bellamy made his debut for the Bluebirds.

They also tackled lowly Sheffield United, where they drew 2-2 at the start of the month in new manager Micky Adams first home game in charged.

They faced an identical situation at Ipswich Town on Saturday where Paul Jewell was in charge of his first home game.

Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly said: “You know what to expect. There will be a big crowd with the home fans baying for blood and almost sucking the ball into the net.

“We can put it down to experience and if we use it in the right way it can be a good experience. But if we say, ‘blimey we’ve just lost another game’ then you are going down the wrong street.”

Although disappointed with the 3-2 defeat, O’Kelly felt it a much-improved display than the 3-0 home defeat against Reading a week earlier.

“It was a massive improvement,” he said. “The performance against Reading was unacceptable and we all realised that.

“Even though we’ve lost the game there were a lot of things that were really good. You look at the goals they scored and you think if we can put that right then we have the makings of a good side.”

He added: “The reaction to what had gone on in the week, where we’d talked about things, was good and I think we deserved a point.

“We got off to a good start and could have had a couple of goals. When things are going well for you it is always easier to do the right things.

“We came under a bit of pressure in the first half. They had a couple of opportunities, but we coped with it okay.

“There were a few mix-ups but generally nobody got flustered.

“We could have had a second late on from Matt Kilgallon’s header which was cleared off the line.

“But when their first goal went in (four minutes after the restart) we started to do things that we hadn’t done before in the game.

“We then conceded a second but then what a great reaction. James Coppinger did magnificently to get the ball in and Billy (Sharp) put it away.

“We were back in the game at 2-2 but then they scored again soon afterwards.

“Again it was poor defensively. To me it was like the fifth goal the other day (against Wolves).

“There were people just going to stand in a position and thinking that they had done their job rather than being out there for a reason, which is to go and do something.

“So we ended up giving a soft goal away, which took a deflection, and which made it difficult (for keeper Neil Sullivan).

“I suppose the pleasing thing about it was that we bounced straight back again and we had a couple of late chances.

“Without wishing to make excuses, we aren’t getting the rub of the green at the moment

“It’s at times like this that we re-asses and look at things and stick together and pick ourselves up for tomorrow’s home game against Barnsley.”

Midfielder Mark Wilson is doubtful for the game after limping off with what looked like an ankle injury in stoppage time.

If he is out he will join fellow midfield stars Brian Stock, Martin Woods and Simon Gillett on the sidelines.