Rovers travelled to the land of rugby league and pies to take on one of the pre-season favourites – Wigan. The Sunday start seemed to confuse the locals, who appeared to forget to turn up. Backed by a healthy travelling support, Rovers should’ve been in front inside three minutes, but Harry Forrester failed to turn home Andy Williams’ backheel.
It has been pondered whether Paul Dickov’s men will score enough goals; especially in light of only scoring a fluke and a penalty thus far. It was more of the same here, with further chances falling the way of Williams and Forrester in the first half; both denied by Richard O’Donnell.
Wigan were neat and tidy, but Rovers’ two solid banks of four, and James Coppinger at number 10, were superior. Wigan’s best attempts came from Michael Jacob’s free-kick, which glanced the bar, and Max Power hitting Thorsten Stuckmann’s midriff from eight yards.
In the second half Rovers pressing created further chances, with Gary MacKenzie’s looping header coming down off the bar. It was as close as Rovers would come; Thursday’s endeavours catching up with the side visibly tiring later on. It raised another question; is our squad deep enough? A glance at the bench to see Rob Jones, Curtis Main and the kids may suggest not.
Rovers produced a classic away performance, solid through the middle, frustrating the opposition and possessing enough quality going forward to trouble the home defence regularly. Problem is we forgot to score. Sound familiar?