Not a good result for Bristol Rovers but actually it probably isn’t a bad result when you look at the club’s record against the teams around it. The big issue is that the games at the end of the season are against promotion seeking teams but then, given the above, Bristol Rovers probably have a better chance against the teams very much above them. Perhaps those teams open up more.
I wonder if Barton will complain about the ref not giving Wimbledon a stonewall penalty?
Phewww.... after dominating a match for so long, we could so easily have lost to 3 goals in the last 15 minutes-ish, so a draw was clung onto in the end and a very welcome 4 points in 2 matches is a very decent return. Albeit another 6 pointer wasn't taken advantage of...
A game of two keepers.
Day, my m o m in the end, looked ponderous with their best chance of the match so far when free header in 6 yard area went way over, but surely you want your keeper claiming anything within that sphere of vision? But then, Day went on to make 3 good saves involving coming out for 1 on 1 (thanks to an Upson assist!). For someone relatively inactive for so long, he's actually earned us a point that might prove crucial at end of season for our survival.
The turning point was Rodman going off injured. Up until then, Nicholson or Westbrooke would have been contender for my m o m with their movement and passing. Rodman goes off, Hanlan comes on (hey, 2 up front, finally!?) but then the pee on the firework was putting Westbrooke as RWB? Poor move from JAB....we surrendered the mid and turned an active, dangerous Westbrooke into ineffective and out of sorts right sided team positioning.
It helped Wimbledon, and with their sub Longman, gave them the initiative in the last 20 mins.
Again, which was different v Accy, our approach play was decent but the final ball was lacking. Sometimes through poor choice, sometimes because of very decent defending/keeping, but also because sometimes that quality wasn't quite there.
Credit to Wimbledon. They defended better and looked organised. They also managed to get away with fouling us at the right time to break down our moves very early - which enticed a yellow or two - but we failed to capitalise. Maybe our set up was easily nullified, and JAB had no counter set up?
But, after initially thinking they would be happier with the draw, I actually retract (at the end) and the reverse is more accurate.....
Basically the question is: will 33% of the last 12 opponents roll over for Rovers? Given how Portsmouth and perhaps Accy have rolled over away from home I think Rovers will get the points from the non-relegation threatened sides.
The draws are the difficult bit.
With the draws + the winds you’re basically saying can Rovers get a result from over 50% of their remaining games and I’m not sure that’s going to happen.
But on the flip side I don’t think Rovers will need 49 points.