Cold and bitter at the Keepmoat, and that was just the face of the member of staff that sold me my pie before kick-off.
Rovers created plenty of chances in the first half, most of them spurned by Theo Robinson, who spent much of the game either on the floor or staring whistfully at the ball wondering what it must feel like to kick it.
Notts County shook the crossbar and left Stephen Bywater flapping at thin air after Rovers typically failed to close down, before Jamie Coppinger planted a header just wide from a second attempt at a corner.
Snow fell heavily after the break, which was to be only white round object Robinson saw in the Notts County half all evening.
Rovers pressed excellently in the second-half, Harry Forrester threatened and Curtis Main with the best chance; forcing an outstanding double save to deny a certain goal.
Rovers had two stonewall penalty appeals denied with the referee not in the slightest bit interested in either.
The second half was ultimately overshadowed by a rather farcical sending off for Notts County; Kwame Thomas receiving a second yellow card after he’d been substituted, meaning his replacement had to leave the pitch and Notts played on with 10 men.
Forrester nearly stole the game with a wonder strike in the 93rd minute; a beautiful lob forcing a finger-tip save from the keeper. In that moment the win was gone; 0-0, very much two points dropped. Rovers the better team though.
by Lee Buckle