Rover And Out!
You may recall Vital's very own NicNac doing an article about sitting with the Rovers fans at the Keepmoat on Saturday? Well, here's the aftermath!...
Why is it we can put in such an amazing performance at the lane, a performance so good even the moaning blunts on RS can't deny it, yet we fail to even turn up in our subsequent matches?
As detailed here a few days ago, I was sat in the Donny end for our game against Rovers last weekend. Picked up a couple of Owls and another Rover and headed into Donny at about 12.
Had a couple of drinks in the Corner Pin to settle the nerves and then headed to the ground. The other Owls were sitting in the away end - how I envied them! As we parted ways it dawned on me what was about to happen, I was going to have to be extremely quiet!
A bit of banter with the Rovers regulars before the match began. As kick off got closer the nerves began to jangle, my stomach began to flutter and the adrenalin started to build. Come on Wednesday, we can do this!
James O'Connor had a good shot go narrowly sailing over the bar in the first 5 minutes of play and then… well nothing for the rest of the half. Not from Wednesday anyway.
Rovers were all over us, passing the ball fluidly round us and making a mockery of our still relatively new look midfield. They must've had 90% of the possession in the first half, had plenty of shots on goal and deservedly went into the break 1 up.
A lovely flowing move right from the back, stringing together a good 10-12 passes and created an opening which was emphatically finished by Paul Heffernan, who headed squarely past Grant.
Mercifully the break came without any further need for Grant to pick the ball out of the net. Much goading from the regular Rovers fans I know ensued, all taken with a pinch of salt. N'mind eh, plenty of time to go yet. We could come out and score 5, you watch!
Unfortunately, it wasn't to be. Though we had improved, a lot. But to be honest we couldn't have got much worse. We had a good spell again at the beginning of the half, probably 10-15 minutes this time, with Gray and Potter looking most threatening from crosses and set pieces respectively. Leon missed a golden opportunity to put the ball past Sullivan, and I couldn't help thinking it just wasn't our day.
The second half was much more even than the first, I dare say maybe even swinging slightly in our favour, but much like Donny earlier in the season we didn't have anyone who seemed able to stick the ball in the back of the net.
So, my first experience in the opposition end was not a happy one. My other half was quite good about it, though no doubt he had a laugh with his mates when I wasn't listening! But at least we had beaten them at S6, it's not like they'd done the double or anything.
Following the Barnsley defeat (which sounded much similar to the Rovers game in terms of performance) we now sit in 13th, just 2 points and places above Donny. Its honours even at the moment with us both winning our home games, but I don't think I'd ever live it down if they finished above us!