Bristol Rovers fan's view with Dennis Payter
I DON'T know how we managed to win against Chesterfield and I'm sure Mark McGhee doesn't either.
While it was great to get three points I'm sure the most honest of Rovers fans would admit it wasn't the most convincing of victories and we still have a lot of work to do to get out of trouble.
I was pleased how we didn't give up, although it was worrying how many openings a side like Chesterfield, who are also struggling, created as the away side. It was good to see a return to form by Tom Eaves after he had been abandoned to fend for himself in the previous two games.
I just couldn't believe how he was again played up front on his own against Southend after the experiment had failed against Sheffield United.
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But Eaves' tireless running deservedly got him the winner on Saturday after laying on the first two goals. I had feared what could happen if we took the lead after those previous two games, but hoped it might be different once they scored it for us.
Neil Etheridge's mistake for the equaliser was unfortunate as the 'keeper has performed miracles since he arrived and we could have been a couple down at half-time if it wasn't for him.
For once we showed a never-say-die attitude with Joe Anyinsah celebrating an impressive return to the side with a goal from one of those Eaves crosses. But then their left-winger smashed the ball into the top corner with his left foot and we wondered why we didn't have someone who could do that.
Wait a minute, we have, it's Fabian Broghammer but then he plays on the right.
McGhee says that Derek Riordan prefers to play on the left and cut inside to use his right-foot. Well, I would like to play on the left for Rovers as well, but the speedy German is better than both of us and at his most dangerous on that side.
It is ridiculous to make him play out of position to accommodate someone playing as badly as Riordan.
To add insult to injury Broghammer was substituted to howls of derision for the manager.
It was significant there was no such protest when Riordan was eventually replaced.
I don't know if McGhee has the sun in his eyes when watching from our dug out, but it seems like it from the changes he makes.
Michael Smith was dropped after a fine game in the cup when he linked up well with the ever-improving Matt Lund on the right hand side.
They could have both played against Chesterfield, releasing Broghammer to play on the left. But McGhee says Riordan gives him balance on the left. I fail to see that, perhaps it's me with the sun in my eyes.
We have noticed that not even Rovers' mascot Captain Black Arab attends the games regularly these days, rumour has it that he also wanted to play on the left.