How will we attract new fans playing like that?

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ROVERS once again did themselves no favours in regards to enticing prospective fans down the Keepmoat.

I’ve had plenty of questions from a lot of neutral fans who watched the Crawley game live on Sky on Monday night.

How the heck are Roves in the promotion race when they play like that?

What happened to the football they were playing earlier in the season?

They are the main two I had to try and answer.

At 1-0 down in the first half I would gladly have taken a point as we had hardly threatened the Crawley keeper.

When the equaliser came, it was a beauty with James Husband diving in to head his first goal for the club.

Sadly this was one of very few chances we had on target.

I must say I thought Rob Jones was inside the box when fouled in the dying minutes, not outside as the referee said.

I would like to pay a lot of credit to the near-400 Rovers fans who made the trip down to Broadfield Stadium to cheer the lads on.

Many of those took a day off work and plenty paid twice to get there on the train, having already forked out before the game was switched to Monday night.

The noise they created backing the lads was brilliant.

It was a shame then that only half the players acknowledged the fans at the end, though Rob Jones was giving a passionate interview on live television.

The fans on that terrace could see we needed to make a change in the second half.

Billy Paynter ran his socks off but there was a big worry referee Andy D’Urso was going to send him off.

Personally, I would like to have seen Jordan Ball come on and test himself against two fledgling centre backs.

The trip down was eventful for one of the four coaches.

Just north of Nottingham on the M1, a coach broke down and it took until 3.45pm for a replacement to arrive for the remaining passengers who we’d not been able to fit on one of the others.

They faced a big race against time to get to the game around the M25 but thankfully they arrived with half an hour to spare.

It was a long way back, not arriving home until 3am and then I had to be up for work at 6am – the things you do for your team!

Hopefully before the Yeovil game on Saturday we will have brought in a couple of loan players or even got Iain Hume and David Syers fit.

If we have the desire and ambition to win promotion, we need to bolster the squad and speculate to accumulate.

Currently, I don’t think we’re good enough to go up.

Yeovil are on a great run and aren’t going to roll over on Saturday.

Let’s hope James Hayter and Byron Webster don’t come back to haunt us.

And we’re back on the road with another long trip to Shrewsbury on Tuesday.

Coaches for Shrewsbury on Tuesday leave Retford 3pm, Harworth 3.05pm, Bawtry/Rossington 3.15pm, Hare & Tortoise 3.20pm, Infirmary 3.30pm, Keepmoat carpark 1 3.45pm.

For availability call me on 07961727769 or Len on (01302) 817347.