Post by a more piratey game on Dec 9, 2017 12:45:14 GMT
No team sheets yet
They are 9th on 28 points, we are 15th on 24 points. It's the sort of game that we've got to hope to win at Fortress Mem. Can we make it two on the bounce?
They've got Josh Wright, who I think is the brother of the bloke off TOWIE, and Demetriou and Cox who used to play for the O's (as, if memory serves, did Wright)
I think their manager is Phil Brown, a dour Scottish bloke, albeit one with a track record
Adam Barrett played for them for 100 years after leaving us, and became an unrecognisably better player there too. I think maybe Anwar Uddin went there too. Matty Harrold came to us after playing for them, and celebrated his nuts off when he scored against them at their place
So an unusually fact-free start to the match thread this week....
Post by staffordshiregas on Dec 9, 2017 15:14:09 GMT
Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jason Demetriou. 7' Attempt blocked. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 6' Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United). 6' Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half. 5' Attempt missed. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Post by staffordshiregas on Dec 9, 2017 16:31:22 GMT
Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Anton Ferdinand. 67' Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jermaine McGlashan. 64' Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. 63' Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. 62' Attempt blocked. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.
from the Beeb; 'Southend goalkeeper Mark Oxley made fine saves to deny Bodin, Harrison, Lee Brown and Tom Lockyer as his side were outplayed for long periods.'
He also gifted Sercombe his goal at the end.
Partington did play in the holding midfield role throughout and was very good, it allowed Sinclair to buzz about (winning everything) and Sercombe to get forward. To be fair though, it was made easy by virtue of the fact Southend weren't really trying.
Billy Bob was class once again. Keeper made two superb saves to deny him a hat trick. Did an impressive post match interview on radio Bris. An intelligent young man. Sincerely hope he is not going to Cardiff City.
Billy Bob was class once again. Keeper made two superb saves to deny him a hat trick. Did an impressive post match interview on radio Bris. An intelligent young man. Sincerely hope he I snot going to Cardiff City.
I hope lots of snot does go to Cardiff. Horrible place, horrible football club, they deserve it.
This is more like the Rovers we know can play like.
Worth noting we easily beat a Southend team that do have ability, yet chose to exhibit a hideous kamikaze side to their game, offering hardly anything in attacking prowess and almost completely impotent.
Positives... Team.....we created triangles, movement off the ball. Supported and covered. Tracked back. Created spaces in flanks. Passes met their man. One touch football. As dominant a performance as you'll see largely because:
Bodin. M o m....perservered for his goal. His control, close dribbing and space creating was classic. No co incidence we look sharper, more up tempo, options in attack and generally more balanced and dangerous when he's on form. A true gem. I'm making the most of him because he's too good for mid table third division football, and he's a joy to watch.
Partington role....he plays it perfectly. Lines and Ollie couldn't play that position to any effect, it's the masterstroke we so desperately needed. He gives the defence vital time to get organised and gets forward to support attack at set pieces. Fast becoming essential, as he's versatile anywhere in defence.
Sinclair. For me, my second m o m. He won everything, even with his head! How tall is he compared to his contemporaries? His heading use has to be noticed! Where are all you lot who said he can't play at this level? Hello?? Sinclair is now more disciplined in his tackling, more focussed in his approach, whilst still having the engine to feed the midfield pulse. In one move, he tracked Cox back on the counter, and then when that move broke down got forward to support Sercombe for a shot...the days of Ollie and Lines may be in jeopardy.
Ellis. Nuff said. Again another candidate for m o m.
Ref. Largely played well today, not a dirty match but handled everything correctly including retrospective yellow card for foul.
Negatives... Nile Ranger. Horrible. Locks made him look the fool he is. His manager must take some of the blame there, he directed NR to Locks when we had a corner inn obvious attempt to exploit (his perceived) weakness. Thanks, Phil!
Crowd clapping with gloves on hardly makes any noise! Man up, Gas..
And so we move onto Gills away. They lost in Devon today. Dare we dream of 3 consecutive wins? One thing worth noting: We are definitely reaping rewards from fielding a starting 11 that is largely unchanged. DC got it right today, Ollie has been off form and Gaff has been screaming to start. Logical. Makes sense. Next week might be a bit different? Who knows? But I think it imperative we keep a settled back 5, fitness permitting.
I think we've found our strongest 11. Maybe slocombe is my preferred keeps, but Smith hasn't made mistakes.
In dc we trust.
A good win today, well deserved, well done players and management, let's spring board this into something special. UptheGas..