Bristol Rovers fan's view with Dennis Payter
IT was unfortunate that such a tough fixture against the league leaders came so soon after all the euphoria of the New Year's Day win over Plymouth.
All the positives and new wave of optimism which followed the Argyle triumph in John Ward's first home game were so quickly brushed aside by a strong Gillingham side as we find ourselves on the bottom of the league again.
I never expected it was going to be easy against The Gills and their two quality goals showed the big difference between the top and bottom sides was the ability to put the ball in the net.
The first goal, an unstoppable shot from Chris Whelpdale as he cut in from the left, came before we had settled and it was always an uphill battle from then.
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Deon Burton exposed Garry Kenneth's lack of mobility as he expertly tucked the ball away for the second.
The visitors hardly created many other chances after that, but the game emphasised how vital it is that we get some more strikers in soon.
I couldn't fault the effort and commitment which was so much better than it had been towards the end of Mark McGhee's reign as we forced corner after corner.
But we are so lightweight up front. Tom Hitchcock is not the type of player we need, while Eliot Richards and Joe Anyinsah did not create too many chances. It is vital to get at least one new striker in soon and, hopefully, David Clarkson will be back as well.
Our defence already looks better with new signings Mark McChrystal and Steve Mildenhall, while I hope Danny Woodards will be back soon. The injury to Kenneth may give McChrystal a chance to forge a partnership at the back with Tom Parkes which I don't think will be a bad thing.
John-Joe O'Toole gives us the strength and experience we were lacking in midfield and it would be good if he can stay with us for more than just one month.
I was surprised Fabian Broghammer was made man-of-the-match on Saturday, some of his crosses mean that we will be looking for a 7ft tall striker to get on the end of some of the German's centres.
Ward's observation that many of the players are still young is all very well but it does not put points on the board.
The league table makes alarming reading again as some of our so-called relegation rivals are seven and eight points ahead of us.
The new boss has a tough job on his hands but with his experience and contacts in the lower divisions I believe he can keep us up _ just.
The last time we were bottom at Christmas was 2002 in League One and we went on to avoid relegation.
I hope it doesn't come down to our last game of the season at Torquay where I was hoping to use the trip to relax on the beach.