Nick on Newport and the JPT derby.
I am sure you all shared my disappointment on Saturday, as we failed to bring any points back across the bridge from Newport. It was not a great performance going forward, and it is frustrating that we are yet to pick up that first win of the season.
Without wishing to make excuses, we have been plagued by more injuries, and there have been a number of decisions that have gone against us, especially in the last game.
We have some very talented young players in our squad, who are set to provide a very exciting future for Bristol Rovers. However, we have been stretched very thin over the opening weeks of the season and have suffered from a lack of experience.
On a more positive note, we now have a number of key players set to return to action over the next few weeks; with Ryan Brunt, Garry Kenneth and Matt Gill all getting game time under their belts in midweek.
If we can combine the youth and enthusiasm with that experience and knowledge of the game, then things should start to look up dramatically over the next few weeks.
We were very saddened and angered to hear complaints of racist chanting coming from a section of our supporters during Saturday’s game at Newport. There is no room for discrimination in football, and as a club we will not tolerate any form of racist abuse.
We will be working closely with the police to try and identify the individuals involved and make sure they are punished for their actions.
We have been handed a mouth-watering tie in the first round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy – a short trip across the city to our local rivals Bristol City.
This is the tie supporters always wish for, and it should be a great game – one that has already captured the interest of Sky Sports, who will be televising the game live. This will be the first competitive meeting between the sides in seven seasons, so it is guaranteed to be an exciting tie for all involved.
For those of you not keen to make the trip to Ashton Gate for the game, or those who are unable to get a ticket, we will be showing the game live here at the Stadium, with a special pie and a pint offer for £6.
In regards to the stadium redevelopment, there is nothing further to report at this moment. We are waiting to see if there are any further developments following the Pre-Action Protocol that was lodged earlier this month. We will keep you up to date with any further developments as and when they happen.
Let’s hope that this is the weekend we pick up our first three points of the season, when York visit the Memorial Stadium. Your support has been fantastic over the last few weeks, and I hope we can send you home happy at 5pm on Saturday. Come on you Blues!