|Clarkson firing home the opening goal|
The one change to the Rovers line-up came as a result of Derek Riordan's absence. Joe Anyinsah came in to the team on the right wing, meaning Eliot Richards was restored up front. It seemed to have the desired result, we tried to attack from the off and had a few spells of great football. As the match wore on Burton came in to it a little more but few chances were created at either end in truth. All that changed though on the half hour mark. Jim Paterson sent in a ball towards Tom Eaves at the back post which was headed towards the edge of the penalty area. Running on to the dropping ball was Clarkson who lashed home for his third goal of the season. At this point Rovers were comfortable and rarely came under any serious pressure from their hosts. Half-time came and the objective for the second 45 minutes would have been clear - remain disciplined and catch them on the counter attack.
Just 5 minutes after the interval our game plan required a change as Kee headed home from close range after a free-kick was delivered from the wing. The small ex-Torquay striker was unmarked in the 6 yard box to steer his header beyond Neil Etheridge and that will disappoint manager Mark McGhee. Still, there was plenty of time left to regain the lead. Oliver Norburn had a shot saved by goalie Stuart Tomlinson, whilst Fabian Broghammer couldn't convert the rebound. Richards also tried his luck but the ball sailed wildly over the crossbar. It was encouraging and you could sense the Burton back-line were becoming shaky. However, we didn't take advantage and the game became a midfield battle. Neither side really penetrated the other and the game began to peter out tamely. Adam Virgo was thrown on up front for Rovers to try and force a winner but there were no further pieces of goalmouth action for Tomlinson to deal with. There was a nervy moment when a Burton corner evaded every body in the box, despite the fact 15 men lunged themselves towards it! Jacques Maghoma picked up the loose ball but he hit a cross straight out for a goal kick and that was that. 1-1, points shared.
Rovers' away from hasn't been too bad this season in truth. If you can pick up positive results away from home and win the majority of home games then you're going to have a good season. We've got half of that going for us at the moment, now we need to turn dominance at home to more regular 3 point hauls. Torquay United lay in our way next weekend, in what should be a fiery clash at the Mem, before back-to-back journey's to Wimbledon and Accrington in the following 7 days. Let's hope we can maintain our momentum and climb up the table sooner rather than later. We're playing much better and look as good, if not better, than every side we face - I'm confident.
Up the Gas!