Bristol Rovers fan's view with Dennis Payter
THE win over Burton had everything you could ask for, three goals, a clean sheet and a great home debut from one of our homegrown youngsters.
It was hard to believe that our visitors were third in the league and top of the latest form guide table having won five and drawn three of their last eight games.
I like to think it was down to Rovers' solid performance and the way they completely blew Albion away by going at them from the start with two wingers and two strikers.
It seems light years away since Mark McGhee started home games with four full-backs in our line-up.
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We were at Burton from the start and despite Ryan Brunt opening the scoring it was amazing what a charmed life their goal led in the opening 15 minutes with Joe Anyinsah, in particular, leading the charge.
Anyinsah's injury was very unlucky for him as he was looking particularly sharp and The Brewers must have thought their luck was in when they saw him limp off.
But such is the strength in depth these days and the character of the side the fact that Anyinsah departed did not bring the let up our visitors expected and I was surprised how little they had to offer.
The long-striding Ellis Harrison looked very confident for a youngster starting his first home game and the visitors didn't know how to handle the very awkward customer who very nearly scored with a powerful cross shot which the keeper did well to palm away.
Harrison's run into the box and pinpoint cross for Eliot Richards' goal showed there could be exciting times ahead for the youngster.
Also, it was great to see the way Richards smashed the ball into the net for what surprisingly was his first home goal of the season. He is another homegrown youngster who is improving all the time.
It is good to see that, despite our league position, we now have a manager in John Ward who is not afraid to give young players a chance which has not always been the case in recent years.
How often have I moaned in recent years of us having goalkeepers reluctant to come off their line? Those days are over I am delighted to say thanks to the way Steve Mildenhall comes frequently to the edge of the area to collect the ball. He is one of the main reasons for our change in fortunes.
There were many candidates for the man-of-the-match, but the unsung hero of our recent revival, Mark McChrystal, was not forgotten by the sponsors.
It is easy to forget he is there, such is his great positional sense and the way he mops things up with very little fuss and very few mistakes.
Next up are Exeter, another in-form side chasing promotion. Bring them on I say.