Bucky’s Blog: Rovers have chance to start new year in excellent position

Conor Grant
Conor Grant

Darren Ferguson is getting great press at the moment and everything seems to be going well as we head for Christmas.

They’ve kept that unbeaten run going, which is excellent, despite Burton’s late equaliser. I’m sure if you offered Ferguson a draw before the game he’d have taken it.

I’d expect Rovers to go on and get a win against Scunthorpe but it’s never quite that simple in a derby game.

The side is playing with more freedom now, they don’t seem to be afraid of making mistakes. The manager has made an impact quietly, without ruffling any feathers. The players know what is expected of them.

The festive period brings fixtures on thick and fast but when I was a player, I used to love it.

Why shouldn’t players be able to play two or three times in a couple of weeks? They should be fit enough.

Look at Leicester, top of the Premier League, and they don’t rotate the squad much, it’s the same players starting every game almost.

I feel some teams use tiredness as an excuse at this time of year.

Players can’t go out in town and enjoy themselves like the rest of us at this time of year but it’s a small price to pay to be a footballer.

I know the manager is reluctant to discuss it, but if Rovers want to be a top six team come the end of the season, the Scunthorpe and Oldham games have to be seen as winnable.

We need to be taking at least four points from these two games, six points if we can get them. If we do win both, it takes us into the top half and within touching distance of the play-offs.

January brings worries about Conor Grant though. Championship clubs will be looking at him, as he looks a star in the making. Everton will be keeping an eye on him too. Rovers need to keep hold of him for as long as they can.

Bucky’s charity bet: Rovers to beat Scunthorpe and Oldham double (£10) Andy Butler first goalscorer (£5 on each game)