The happy hunting ground which is The Reebok continued to pay dividends yesterday. Rovers throughly deserved the victory against an incredibly poor Bolton side who look destined to wander down to the Championship. With Samba and Nelsen snookering Davies, the performance and manner of the win would have put a big smile on Allardyce's face (and we all wish him well). But it illustrated what a different side we are when we play with 2 out and out strikers.
It is irrelevant what permutation we used, in this case Di Santo and Roberts, the system just allows the team to be more inventive and provide support for the runners from midfield. Dunn was outstanding yet again and Diouff played as well as he has for weeks. 4-5-1...R.I.P
Bolton where the poorest side we have seen all season. The was no invention or support for the forwards and they made the Rovers defence appear watertight. This is an adjective the long suffering away support has not been able to use in recent months.
The table is not lying at the momment. There are some dreadful sides towards the foot of the division who are in freefall. Rovers, incredibly are up to 11th place after stringing together 2 wins in a row. We haven't played particularly great but by only drawing 1 game all season, this has enabled us to progress up the league.
Next stop is Craven Cottage on Wednesday eve. This is always a favourite ground of mine. It is from another age and despite modernising in the early part of this decade, it still retains a charm and nostalgic feel to it. Where else would you have a designated 'neutral end'? And it always makes me chuckle walking to the ground through the park where inadvertently you may hear cries of "Jemima...Come hear this instant!" Jemima being someones family pet poodle up to no good. 2009? More like 1959!