Rovers have started to hit some good form at the most important time of the season, and this showed on a bright but chilly afternoon at the Keepmoat.
An immense first half display from the Rovers started off in the best possible way, with a neat turn and finish from captain Tommy Rowe inside the opening 10 minutes. After receiving the ball in the box, Rowe spun and slammed into the top corner, past Plymouth keeper Matt Macey before he could even think about doing anything about it.
Shots from James Coppinger and Mallik Wilks – the latter filling in for the injured John Marquis, out with concussion – continued to test the Argyle keeper throughout the first half after some slick play.
A greater cushion was established on the stroke of half-time, as Danny Andrew struck a blinder of a free kick from 35 yards out after spotting a gap left by Macey at his near post. A fitting reward for a brilliant display.
A second half spent containing any glimpse of a Plymouth fight back, ensured Rovers further bolstered their hold on sixth spot, and kept the good run going ahead of the tricky trip to the Stadium of Light on Good Friday.
Whatever happens in the last few games of the season, there has to be great pride in what Grant McCann and his team have achieved in a campaign where most were writing them off before it even began.
by Adam Bates