Bristol Rovers fans' view with Dennis Payter
IT has taken a while, but the Memorial Stadium fortress is, at last, taking shape.
A few bricks fell out of the wall at the start of the second- half, but overall we are beginning to look the business as a side.
I believe we set a new record by winning consecutive home games against ten men as we have often struggled in the past when the opposition has lost a player. However, we had already set an impressive pace and we were well on top before the red card was produced on Saturday.
Rovers' first-half display was magnificent with Oliver Norburn and David Clarkson totally dominating the middle of the park. They had more room than you would ever find on Torquay beach on a cold winter's day.
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The pair work well together and I think Clarkson is more effective playing from deep than up front and Matt Gill could struggle to get his place back.
I believe Matt Lund could be another midfield candidate once Danny Woodards returns. I was right behind the Lund free-kick and some might blame Michael Poke for being beaten at the near post, but Lund curled it expertly around the wall and in at the base of the post.
Poke showed what we are missing by not signing him as he produced a number of superb saves, none better than the one to turn a point-blank header from Tom Eaves over the bar to stop us going in 3-0 at the interval.
Eaves' strong running was rewarded with two goals and it was a pity he couldn't convert that one-on-one with the 'keeper to get his first hat-trick.
Of course the downside of an on-loan striker scoring too many goals is that Bolton might want him back, so let's enjoy him while we can.
I couldn't believe that an experienced manager like Mark McGhee didn't send the side out with a better attitude for the start of the second half.
We were sloppy and totally unprofessional in the way we just gave the ball away.
Surely, we were not expecting to just pass it across the middle and back for the last 45 minutes?
I was disappointed that Rene Howe got a goal, particularly as Garry Kenneth and Tom Parkes did not let him have a kick in the first half. Also for the third game we conceded a goal as a ball came into the box and was not met with a challenge from one of our defenders.
But we didn't totally capitulate and credit to the boys for fighting back and getting the three points we certainly deserved as Wayne Brown came on to give us a new lease of life towards the climax of a thrilling game.
For once, the referee looked older than me, but I think I will go even greyer before this season ends if we keep throwing away two-goal leads.