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20 September 2012

We all realise it has been a very difficult start to the 2012/13 season here at Bristol Rovers, a fact you will all know only too well.

We have yet to pick up our first win of the season, and a combination of bad luck and poor performances have seen us finish on the end of some very disappointing scorelines. 

We are not able to change any of those results, but what is important now is what we do going forward. I was impressed with the spirit and performance shown at Plymouth on Tuesday night, and really hope that this can be the turning point for us this season.

I do not usually single players out, but I thought Garry Kenneth was hugely influential in the game, and it was fantastic to see him make his league debut for us.

He has worked really hard with Mark on the training ground to return to full fitness, and it is great to see that paying off.

There was a great deal of effort shown by the entire squad, and I believe we should have come away with all three points.

But a draw away from home is something to build on, and hopefully now we can take all three points when Fleetwood visit the Memorial Stadium for the very first time on Saturday.

As usual Mark and Shaun are working very hard behind the scenes to bring in a few players on loan.

We feel we have been very unlucky with the injuries we have sustained to key players such as Cian Bolger and Matt Harrold. Add this to players like Danny Woodards and Scott Bevan who are still on the sidelines, and our squad is starting to look a little thin.

I must however ask you all to be patient. Mark has stated that he is only prepared to bring the right sort of player to the club, one who will improve what we already have here. There are funds available to him to do that, and I trust that he will spend it wisely.

We have seen before what happens when managers bring in large numbers of players, who ultimately do not enhance the team.

Finally, I would like to encourage as many of you as possible to come down to the Memorial Stadium on Saturday to support the team.

I know there have not been many incentives to encourage you along so far this season, but you must remember that you have a big part to play in our future successes.

This club is nothing without you the supporters and I hope that we can get the win we all deserve on Saturday.

I have been made aware of a letter on the forum encouraging the fans and board to work more closely together moving forward, and obviously this is something I encourage with open arms.

I would never turn away someone who has positive suggestions to improve the club and how it runs. Obviously, not all ideas brought to us are viable, due to finances and other issues, but we do take your suggestions seriously.

We do have a forum to bring together the fans ideas and present them to the Board and that is through the Supporters Club and its direct representation on the Board through Ken Masters and Brian Seymour Smith.

I would urge you to engage with them to bring ideas to the Board. If we all work together with a common aim, I am sure that our day will come.

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