A rather depleted crowd, at what we’ll call the Keepmoat for the final time, witnessed Rovers first league win in eight games against a struggling Shrews side.
After a rather unorganised start by both sides, Rovers grew into the game as the first half wore on. A delightful chip over the defensive line by Matt Smith led to a Tommy Rowe volley being tipped over by Marko Marosi. The Shrews had a goal ruled out for offside, but Rovers were the more dominant force in the first 45 minutes without being able to capitalise.
After the break, the weather conditions worsened just as much as the mood of Steve Cotterill, which revealed Rovers’ persistence in trying to break the deadlock. The game opened up shortly after the hour mark; a couple of smart saves by Louis Jones kept Town out, but indecision at the key moments meant Rovers were unable to capitalise on their own chances.
However, in a welcome change to previous weeks, Rovers continued to push forward and show signs of belief – something that’s been missing on too many occasions this season. They were rewarded when Joseph Olowu headed in from close range to convert Branden Horton’s corner on 79 minutes. Cue 10 or so minutes of clever game management to see out the win and move off of the foot of the table.
Rovers will be hoping to build some momentum off of the back of this improved performance, for Saturday’s big game at Sincil Bank.
by Adam Bates