With the distinct odour of stale alcohol, veg-induced flatulence and antipathy hanging in the air, almost 7,000 people arrived to watch Rovers take on Coventry.
As many settled in for another borefest of underachievement, backsides had barely warmed seats when the crowd leapt to their feet for the rarest of sights – a Rovers goal! Despite the fears of many, Rovers had started with intent; forcing a succession of early corners that eventually lead to a great cross that Andy Butler buried with a quality header.
Rovers settled into a pattern of high-energy pressing and intensity in their midfield in an attempt to deprive Coventry of the possession they craved. This worked for about 10 minutes when the opposition grew into the game, knocking one-touch passes around our players. Despite carving some chances, Coventry failed to trouble Sam Johnstone who was a spectator for much of the game. Then, Harry Forrester suddenly awoke from his early season malaise. With sudden acceleration, he ran and hit an excellent shot across goal that went in off the far post. With a noticeable confidence boost, he went on to tear the right back to shreds for the rest of the game.
With a top performance by most of the team, Rovers showed glimpses of what could be achieved. With two late red cards for Coventry, who grew increasingly frustrated with the pace and guile of our wingers, Rovers went on to pass the game out. Fans left having witnessed goals, entertainment and a win!
by Matthew Pickering