PAUL MAYFIELD: Let’s soar past Owls and burst Burnley’s bubble

Billy Sharp could've nicked all three points at Nottingham Forest, insists Paul Mayfield. Photo: Steve Uttley.
Billy Sharp could've nicked all three points at Nottingham Forest, insists Paul Mayfield. Photo: Steve Uttley.

Another point gained and if Billy Sharp’s header had been a couple of inches nearer, we would’ve had all three points against Nottingham Forest.

It says it all when the home ‘keeper was given man the of the match award.

I believe Paul Dickov has gelled the players back together after the embarrassment at Bournemouth. He was right to say it was the kick up the backside that we needed.

As the games are being ticked off every point is vital, even more so when the results from the teams around us go our way.

I still think the games we had against Charlton could be defining moments of the season, and could come back to haunt us. If the 3-1 result would have stood before it was called off by the referee back in the August game, we would be six points better off now than the Addicks.

Back to Forest. We took a fantastic following of 1,300 - helped by the ‘Quid a Kid’ scheme - which is a quarter of our home attendance, absolutely brilliant.

Now we’re looking ahead to this Saturday and what a cracker it will be as South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday come to town.

They sold out their 4,300 allocation within hours. The Owls are on a bit of a run but if we can keep striker Leon Best at bay and play like we have been lately we could be on for our first double over a team this season.

Things don’t get easier because Tuesday night sees us travelling to Burnley who have one foot in the Premier League and a fantastic manager in Sean Dyche. Up to this weekend, I believe they are unbeaten in 14 league games. Let’s go and burst their bubble.

I urge Rovers fans to get behind the team as you can act as that all-important 12th man.

Coaches to Burnley on Tuesday depart from Retford at 3.45pm, Harworth 3.50pm, Bawtry/Rossington 4pm, Hare and Tortoise 4.05pm, Infirmary 4.15pm and Keepmoat at 4.30pm. Fares are £14/£13/£12 for members. Add £2 for non-members.

Also, book early for Leeds United (the March 29 game) - call or text me on 07961 727769 or Len on 01302-817347, after 6pm.

We’re presenting St John’s Hospice with a cheque just shy of £400 at Saturday’s game. Those funds were raised from raffles on the coaches to Yeovil. The cheque for Billy Sharp’s LJS foundation will be presented at the Birmingham game (April 5).