February 27, 2012
As many Rovers fans are well aware, last week marked the 10th anniversary of one of the best days the club has enjoyed in modern history. The League Cup triumph over Spurs in Cardiff was as much unexpected as it was celebrated and for many Rovers fans the day itself is up there with the triumphs of Wembley 92 and Anfield 95. At that time, there was a real feeling of unity between the manager Graham Souness, the team and the supporters and despite being in relegation zone, there was a sense that the club was in safe hands and heading in the right direction.
February 6, 2012
After last week's 4-3 defeat at Accrington Stanley, Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler suggested that his playing staff should make a contribution to the supporters travel costs following a dismal performance in Lancashire. If being defeated by the odd goal in seven generates such a response, then the Rovers supporters who braved the elements at the Emirates should be entitled to an all expenses paid luxury break to the Caribbean!
It was not just the scoreline that Rovers should be ashamed of but the manner in which the side capitulated and allowed an out of form Arsenal to dictate proceedings with such ease without playing particularly well. Too many Rovers players made fundamental errors time and again which were exploited by Arsenal's creative players and finished off by their goalscoring generals. Rovers lacked leadership on and off the pitch and without the imposing presence of their former skipper, Arsenal were allowed to dominate as they pleased. Not since Old Trafford, 14 months ago has a Rovers side capitulated in this way and we all know what action the Venkys took after that one. Something tells me that history will not repeat itself!