WHAT what can you say about last weekend’s game against Leeds United at Elland Road?
Leading 2-0 early in the second half you would think that we may be able to hold out. But too many times in the past we have seen Rovers give away leads like this, so when the Whites pulled a goal back you felt the writing was on the wall and so it proved.
To be fair, it was probably one of Rovers best performances of the season.
They dominated for long periods, but just did not have that luck in front of goal that their hosts did in the second half.
We nearly took the lead early on when a cheeky back heel by Bamogo came back off the post, but we were soon in front.
Diouf’s precision pass, Hayter’s shot was blocked and sub Bagayoko fired home the rebound. Hayter hit the bar early doors in the second half half before Bagayoko bagged his second from from Diouf’s pull back.
Leeds hit back within a minute before the striker was denied a hat-trick by a great save by the home keeper. It was to prove a crucial moment.
With 10 minutes of normal time remaining, Leeds equalised when Clayton scored from a cross.
Then, after a sickening clash of heads which saw Rovers’ Tommy Spurr and a Leeds player both carried off following a long delay, Becchio seized onto a deflection from his own shot to fire the winner deep into a lengthy injury time.
Cruel is not the word; the lads put in a great performance.
You can understand why nearly everyone hates Leeds. The 400 or so Rovers fans who decided to fork out the £36 entrance money were subjected to Leeds’ stewards bully boy tactics. They threw out our fans for standing up during the game - just as happened last season - whilst just just one stand away Leeds fans were allowed to stand up with no action taken.
With the police filming the Rovers’ fans all the time, you certainly felt that Big Brother was watching over you.
At Rovers’ home games, the junior ticket price is for under 16s, but at Leeds it is under 15s. A young Rovers’ fan, who is a junior season ticket holder, was thrown out because he was told he was too tall to be under 16.
He was made to pay £36 to get back in, with no refund given, so ended up paying £61 to watch the game.
I ask you?
A pensioner on our bus was told he was not a pensioner and they wanted to throw him out. Luckily he had his bus pass on him.
Why should fans be treated like trash?
I will be sending a letter of complaint from the Supporters’ Club about the stewards’ attitude and actions.
On top of that that we had the players having an alleged fracas in the tunnel. The London media are blaming Rovers’ El Hadji Diouif, but he was chatting away and swapping shirts with Becchio as he left the pitch, and all seemed fine.
It will be interesting to find out what happened from the FA when their investigation is concluded. Diouf gets a lot of stick off opposition fans, but besides moaning to the referees, he has been a good boy so far.
We face Peterborough tomorrow, a team we beat at London Road earlier in the season. Let’s hope for the same result.
They had a good win last weekend so can’t be taken lightly. But with games running out we need to get three points on board and put pressure on the teams above. It’s only £15 to get in so why not bring along a friend and back the lads to the final whistle.
Fans on the weekend trip to Bournemouth/Southampton are reminded their money in full has to be paid by this weekend, or people on the waiting list might get your place.
Please can fans book early for the Forest and West Ham coaches. North Doncaster branch are also running a coach to West Ham.
Also, it is your last chance if you want to take on the players and Rovers’ staff on at ten pin bowling on March 14. The deadline for letting me let know is Monday night. If there are insufficient numbers it will be cancelled due to lack of interest.