PREVIEW: Bristol Rovers v Morecambe
JIM Paterson believes that any injustices Bristol Rovers felt following their abandoned game at Wycombe last time out will be quickly forgotten if they can register their first victory of the season tomorrow.
Rovers entertain Morecambe at the Memorial Stadium and will be looking to secure three points for the first time this season after their hopes of claiming them were dashed following the premature conclusion to their clash against Gary Waddock's side at Adams Park last Saturday.
The Pirates were on course to win the game when leading 3-1 before a torrential downpour and claims that lightening hit the back of a stand were deemed serious enough to abandon the game.
"It was an unusual game," said Paterson. "It happened to me once before when I was at Plymouth and I was on the other side of it.
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"We were playing Barnsley and they were 4-1 up with 20 minutes left before the referee decided the pitch had become unplayable. I can understand now how Barnsley felt that day.
"Away wins are always harder to come by so to have that one taken away from us was disappointing, but the decision was made and that's that. It is difficult to look at the league table this week because we could have been sitting a lot higher up with four points already in the bank.
"We can't let the disappointment have any negative effect on us, however. We laid our marker down on Saturday and showed Wycombe what a good team we are and we need to go back there with the same attitude so as we get the job done in the same way again.
"That is for another time, though, and right now we have to be professional and forget about it and concentrate on the immediate job in hand, which is to get our first win of the season when we play Morecambe on Saturday.
"Getting that first win of the season always helps to settle things down, although, I do feel that the level of performance we showed at Wycombe served to ease any pressure.
"The quicker we get that first win the better it will be for everybody though, because you don't want it to become a monkey on your back."
Rovers' first attempt to earn their maiden league victory of the season ended in disappointment with a 2-0 reverse at the hands of Oxford United on the opening day of the season – the first time Paterson had endured defeat on home turf since arriving at the club in January.
Mark McGhee's side went nine game undefeated at the Memorial Stadium towards the end of the season and Paterson added: "We were certainly very disappointed to lose the at the Memorial Stadium on the opening day of the season against Oxford.
"It's the first time I've experienced losing at home since I arrived at the club and it is a start to the season that none of us could have envisaged. We showed definite improvement in the second-half of our second league match against Barnet and we took that into the Wycombe game last weekend, so we feel we're gradually getting there.
"What we need to do now is get the Oxford performance out of our systems and try to make the Memorial Stadium a bit of fortress like we did in the later part of last season."