By Nathan BeesThe past week has been a much more pleasant and enjoyable experience knowing that we have finally registered our first home win of the season. That’s 2 wins from 3 now and things are looking a lot more optimistic.
The introductions of Derek Riordan and Tom Eaves appear to have had the desired effect, with the latter opening the scoring on Saturday - his first professional goal.
Another area of considerable promise came courtesy of Garry Kenneth’s superb leadership in place of the injured Matt Gill. He captained us to 3 points and, in what turned out to be the theme of the day, grabbed his first Gas goal. To cap it all off for the giant Scot, he was awarded man of the match. A job well done I think.
Oli Norburn completed the scoring and, surprise surprise, he’d never previously put it in to the back of the net for us either! Hopefully this acts as inspiration to all 3 of them and we can see their name pop up on the scoresheet more often!
Despite the fact we found home comforts at the Mem against Northampton, we now face a tricky looking away trip to Burton Albion. We annihilated the Brewers on our own patch towards the end of last season, dispatching of them 7-1, and a repeat performance would be gratefully received this time around.
They’ve begun the new campaign having scored plenty of goals and it’s going to need a fully focussed Kenneth and Tom Parkes in the middle of defence to prevent their deadly strikers from scoring again.
Calvin Zola could miss out which would be a relief for Gasheads, but they can still call upon the qualities of Billy Kee, Jacques Maghoma and former Rover Justin Richards.
A strong and organised defence will be essential to us picking up points tomorrow afternoon, but with our improving results, who’d bet against it? I don’t think I would.
What is reassuring, regardless of what happens on and off the pitch, is that Gasheads remain united through everything. We’ve proven in years gone by that the tremendous atmosphere we create does help to inspire the team and it’s something we’ve got to get back to.
Yes, results inspire this, but we can be the difference between drawing a game and actually winning it if we are supportive from the very first minute. Mark McGhee has picked up on it and so have the players - let’s not let them down!
We can do our bit away from home too so hopefully a number of Gasheads will make the journey up and watch us pick up back-to-back away victories against Burton.
Come on Rovers, come on you blues!