Fans’ Forum: Inconsistency is only to be expected - Mike Follows

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Three league games into the season and we’ve had a win, a draw and a defeat.

With a hastily assembled squad, inconsistency is to be expected.

In a season of consolidation a return of just over a point a game would be enough to see us safe in the division but that would be setting our sights too low for the vast majority of Rovers fans, myself included.

I predicted a 10th place finish, provided we stay fairly clear of injuries and suspensions.

We’ve already lost Curtis Main for around six weeks and Harry Forrester to a three-game ban.

But most worrying of all was seeing Rob Jones holding his neck as he left the pitch early on Tuesday night.

If the damage from last season’s injury has flared up again, we could be seeing an end to Rob’s career in the most unfortunate of circumstances.

Hopefully his substitution was a precautionary move.

Regardless of the situation with Jones, his absence from the team brings our lack of experienced strength in depth to the fore.

While the likes of Luke McCullough and Liam Wakefield have promising futures, which will benefit from spells in and around the first eleven, with the greatest of respect I would hope to see more experienced players in the starting berths at the heart of the defence.

It was galling to think of Paul Quinn sitting in the stands on Tuesday when he could have been gainfully employed on the pitch.

Is now the time for him to swallow his pride and offer an olive branch to Paul Dickov?

One can only hope so.

The flipside of our streamlined squad has provided the opportunity for Kyle Bennett to get back into the first team picture.

Maybe he’s been seriously lacking confidence or perhaps he’s not had the right attitude over the last couple of seasons.

Whatever his demons, he seems to have conquered them and come back rejuvenated.

With players on form and the never-say-die spirit that saw us grab a last-gasp equaliser on Tuesday we could just find a winning formula after all.