ALTHOUGH we took a trouncing against Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday I think we did well to restrict them to 5-2 as nobody in the away end will disagree Leeds could and should have scored more goals.
They would have scored another four in the first half alone had it not been for some wayward finishing, some great blocks by Thomas, and young Woodsy having a solid game in goal.
Max Gradel and Robert Snodgrass ran the show, assisted well by Howson and Kilkenny.
Credit to the Rovers players for giving it a go up to the final whistle.
I’m still wondering how Billy Sharp managed to squeeze that ball into the net to level the scores just before half-time.
It was also a very good finish from Frank Moussa for our second goal which saw us lead 2-1 early the second half.
Other plusses were the cameo appearance by Copps (James Coppinger) and Hayts (James Hayter), back after injury.
I must mention the fans. Although heavily outnumbered they sang their hearts out, putting the Weeds’ vocal fans to shame at times.
The stewarding at times left much to be desired. A lad behind me and my wife was escorted out of the ground for not sitting down.
Nobody was causing any harm, and it was obvious to all that the Leeds fans were standing up all around the ground.
Thankfully, after about 10 minutes, they let the lad back into the stadium.
I think I felt more deflated after the Sheffield United game when pegged back to 2-2 than this game, and if you were a neutral you would have been pleased with the brand of football on offer.
We managed to get all the fans on the nine Supporters’ Club buses, although there was a scare when one of the ‘disabled’ buses turned up without wheelchair facilities. Luckily we managed to get around it and get everyone to the game. Tuesday’s game at home to Coventry was a very poor affair. We made five changes due to injuries keeping piling up, we are now going to be without Billy Sharp for a minimum of four weeks as the club have decided he should have the hernia operation that he has needed for months.
I was disappointed that we played the ball in the air so much, which fell right into Coventry’s hands.
Freddie Eastwood’s ricochet into the net in the first half was all that separated the teams until the final minute, when a lobbed ball by Brian Stock fell nicely into James Hayter’s path for him to lob youngster Quirke in the Sky Blues’ goal. It was only then we woke up and could have snatched a late, late winner.
Both teams had great shouts for a penalty turned down, and had the visitors been given their spot kick, I could not have seen us coming back from 2-0 down.
George Friend, who has been a star at centre back of late, was switched back to left back.
He didn’t seem as comfortable there and I hope he is switched back for this weekend.
Nottingham Forest await us this Saturday. Why did Hull have to go and spoil the party?
I would have loved us to have taken their unbeaten home record off them, but two home defeats in a row will do.
It never seems to be a dull game at the City Ground, lets hope we pick up a minimum of one point, because with the Blades, Palace and Middlesbrough all winning midweek, things are getting a bit tight at the bottom.
Buses for this game depart Retford 11.15, Harworth 11.20, Bawtry/Rossington Styrupp 11.30, Hare and Tortoise 11.35, Sprotborough Ivanhoe 11.40, Infirmary 11.45 and Keepmoat 12.00.
Seats are still available at £10 adult members, £9 (OAP’s) and £8 (under 16’s). Plese add £2 for non members.
Also please don’t forget next Friday 18th March at the Toad Brewery. opposite car park 3 at 7.30pm, the Supporters’ Club are holding a Race Night for the NSPCC/Inka Trek.
Admission is free and families are most welcome. Food will be available.
Did you catch the Rovers Song on Trax FM’s Rovers show last Thursday (6-7pm)? Three Viking Supporters Club members have penned a new record RTID, which stands for Rovers ‘’till I die.
A great effort by the lads and quite catchy, whilst raising funds for the Rovers’ charity.
If you have not heard it we will be playing it for the next three shows and giving away a signed copy.
Let’s hope for three points at Nottingham Forest, and lets get some injured players back.