Fans’ Forum: Consolidation and a cup run would do for me - Mike Follows

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A potential banana skin avoided at Weston Super Mare on Tuesday night was perhaps more crucial than usual.

As the league form continues to be flaky at best, it looks like the only thing we will have to look forward to is the possiblity of a good cup run.

We’ve won the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and reached the quarter finals of the League Cup in the recent past but it must be around 30 years since the Rovers made decent progress in the FA Cup.

In my last column I called for a change of manager.

Soon after Paul Dickov brought in Andy Butler and Sam Johnstone within a matter of days to leave me with egg on my face.

Butler is a quality player at this level and his cool leadership skills at the heart of defence will give us some much-needed strength in that area.

Johnstone, as we all know, is a class act between the sticks.

Four weeks ago when I bemoaned the weak links being repeatedly exposed, I was concerned about the centre half and left back positions so the addition of Enda Stevens was also more than welcome.

I don’t want to be pessimistic about the league as there is always a team who comes form nowhere to make a late charge.

However, it’s asking a lot of our squad to make a challenge for promotion now.

This season was always going to be about consolidation with anything more being a bonus.

I’d settle for mid-table and a cup run now with a view to giving more youngsters some game time and getting them ready for the first team next season.

In this age of instant gratification it feels somewhat alien to think like that as a football fan but it is certainly a sensible way to build for the future.

Another positive development of late is the cooling of some rather petty infighting between various supporter organisations.

Together we all achieve more.

When we have a fanbase that is, relative to the clubs in the Championship and beyond which is where we aim to be, relatively small it hurts us disproportionately when it is divided.

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