I shouldn't have listened! I missed a top 5-1 victory to round off our topsy-turvy season at the Mem. We've endured a few howlers at home this season, but since Mark McGhee has been in charge we've been unbeaten on our own patch and have now scored 12 goals in our last two games there. If we can maintain that going in to next season it'll stand us in great stead. I was more gutted about missing the game as I didn't expect to be going to Dagenham, so my season appeared over. Fortunately circumstances have changed and I'm now looking forward to heading to London on Saturday to say goodbye to another football season. It'll also be a final appearance for a few of our players as their loan deals and contracts come to an end during the close-season. I'd like to applaud the players for their effort since January as I feel we've come a long way and are beginning to bring a respectability back to our beloved club. If I'm lucky I may even been able to nab a shirt!
|Muzzy in new home shirt|
|Matt Gill in away shirt|
|My signed Rovers pennant|
Finally, the players have been partaking in a number of fitness tests at Bath University today ahead of a close-season programme that McGhee and Shaun North will devise for each member of the squad to follow until pre-season. MM is renowned for his tiring pre-season's and it appears he wants his charges to report back match fit even before they come back to the training ground after their summer break. I for one am pleased to see this happen as it shows just how seriously next season is being taken by all concerned. Hopefully the players abide by their individual programmes otherwise pre-season training will quite literally be impossible for them! But if next season we can outlast our opponents by being fitter than they are in the final 10 minutes it'll be well worth it.
I'm heading in to the final game of the season very excited about our summer prospects and with the genuine belief that we can achieve promotion come next May. It's a disappointment that there will be no Rovers action until later in the summer, but hopefully the calibre of signings will keep us excited over the coming months.
Let's end the season with 3 away points against Dagenham and a few goals for Matt Harrold to help see him eclipse the 20 goal mark.
Up the Gas!