Thursday, September 06, 2012

Bristol Rovers 0-3 Yeovil Town (JPT)

Make no mistake, this was not a repeat of our 3-0 defeat to Morecambe on Saturday. How we lost this one I really don't understand. We did lack a cutting edge in the final third (again) but we had most of the play and were on top for long periods so to concede 3 goals was absolutely startling. You can't knock their first two goals, they were top free-kicks that made their way in to the top corner of the goal. 2-0 would have been harsh enough on Rovers, but to concede a third when we committed men forward was beyond comprehension.

Goal ruled out: Michael Smith denied
What's more we're receiving no luck at the moment. We scored two goals that were ruled out, one in each half, and had they stood it would have been a totally different game. The first should definitely have stood - Michael Smith, who was playing in a midfield role, swept home from close range but the referee adjudged Matt Gill to have fouled in the build-up so it was chalked off. It was a poor decision. The second disallowed goal was probably right as David Clarkson was in an offside position when he turned home after the ball was played back in to the box after a set piece but at that stage we'd have been in the lead had they stood. You'll recall we had a perfectly good goal disallowed on the opening day against Oxford and of course all 3 of our goals at Wycombe counted for nothing following its abandonment 2 weeks ago. We're being robbed at the moment.

The performance was 100% better than our last home outing and there are plenty of positives to take from it. We're not being rewarded for our hard work so far but if we continue to play like we did then we'll have no problems winning games when the tide turns our way. The players and Mark McGhee will be scratching their heads as to why things are going for us currently but we have another opportunity to get off and running against Aldershot at the Mem on Saturday.

There will be no JPT cup run for us this year and whilst that is disappointing at least we'll not be handed too hectic a fixture list as we approach the winter. The supporters were superb and got behind the team until the end which was refreshing - we seemed to rid ourselves of the negative fans and there was a much better vibe around the ground. The players certainly appreciated it. They certainly did not deserve boos at full-time and happily the atmosphere was overwhelmingly positive - good work Gasheads. Let's hope we can retain that momentum this weekend.

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