Wing backs should remember they still have to defend
WE will play a lot worse than we did on Saturday at Southend and come away with a victory.
In fact, Nick, a regular caller on Radio Sheffield, told the local Southend constabulary to get off their backsides and get back to Roots Hall as there had been a mugging!
How the referee and his assistant saw a Rovers player commit a foul before Southend defenders twice handled in the box I will never know.
Even the local scribes agreed that we should have had a penalty.
We twice got caught out with playing the 3-5-2 formation. It is all well and good when you’re attacking, but the wing-backs have to remember that they still have to defend - something that did not happen on Saturday.
As stated in last week’s column, Lewis Guy deserved to start and he had another storming game, culminating in a great finish to put us 2-1 up. Gareth Roberts had earlier dragged us back into the game with a stunning free kick.
Nearly 400 Rovers fans made the long trip, and gave the team great vocal support.
Although it's not a bad trip down to the jellied eels and whelks capital of the UK, the road down there is littered with speed cameras. Fingers crossed the film had run out or I'll end up with more points than Sheffield Wednesday.
Cheltenham come to town tomorrow - a team that has punched above its weight so far. They had a great win at Huddersfield a few weeks ago, so we can’t afford to take them lightly. That game is closely followed by Walsall’s visit on Tuesday night.
Keep the faith and let’s cheer the lads onto victory in both games.
Saturday saw the lads appear on Soccer a.m’s Crossbar Challenge. Unlike last season, when Graeme Lee had success, no Rovers players could repeat the feat. Even chief executiveDave Morris and chairman John Ryan tried their luck, but failed.
Just before we signed Richie Wellens, Rovers fan Andy Webb (Riggo) threatened to eat a part of a dog’s anatomy if Richie did sign for us.
True to his word after the Crewe game he endured eating the same part of a bull.
That’s probably what has turned his hair Ginger.
A big up to him for carrying out his promise, but don't make any more rash predictions, Riggo!