BRIAN Flynn believes Rovers’ impressive win over Swindon will have sent a strong message to their other promotion rivals.
Rovers dominated the majority of the proceedings against a tame Swindon outfit, all in front of the glare of the television cameras.
And Flynn thinks any of Rovers’ rivals who glanced towards their sets will now have a few doubts over their own promotion credentials.
“I know all the other teams around us will have watched us today and we sent them a strong message,” Flynn said.
“They will have been saying how powerful we were, how in control we were and how we did the right things.
“There will have been a few doubters after the Coventry
“It was very important to have got that win against that team because we knocked one of our rivals back a bit.
“It might be temporary but that win put us five points clear again and I don’t really care who is in second.
“I’m not bothered as long as we’re clear of them.
“That’s not being disrespectful - I just want us to be looking back at the other teams rather than looking forward.”
Flynn admits he thought Rovers were going to be forced to settle for a point as his side struggled to find a way through.
And he paid tribute to goalscorer Jamie McCombe, who grabbed his first strike for the club.
He said: “Their keeper made two cracking saves in the second half and I thought we weren’t going to get the goal we deserved.
“But you always fancy us to do something from set plays because we’re very good at them.
“It’s usually Rob Jones that pops up with them but I’m delighted for Jamie McCombe to get his first goal.
“To finally see that net ripple was very pleasing.
“Everything we worked on happened out on the pitch.
“It was a really good performance - controlled and confident in every department.
“It was probably one of the best of the season and at the right time as well after the defeat at Coventry.
“We bounced back from defeat in the perfect manner which has been a major factor for us in my time here.”
As Rovers won, Sheffield United slipped to a third successive stalemate at Bramall Lane, described as “frustrating” by boss Danny Wilson.