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CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

24 October 2015

Read the latest from Bristol Rovers Chairman Nick Higgs

On Tuesday evening we extended our unbeaten run to five games with a goalless draw against Notts County and it turned out to be an intriguing game of football, totally different to the match at Mansfield last Saturday.

County manager Ricardo Moniz was very complimentary about Rovers in his post match press conference and spoke, in measured terms, about his own side and how they are growing and developing as a unit.

Although he previously worked as a skills coach with Tottenham Hotspur, this is his first managerial position in England and he has spent the majority of his career, both as a player and as a coach, in his native Holland and appears to be trying to get his County side to play in a typical Dutch way.

They kept possession well and, in the first half  in particular, seemed content to soak up the pressure from Rovers. I think they were fortunate to still be on level terms at the break, as we created one or two very good goalscoring opportunities and Billy Bodin was unlucky to see his shot come back into play off of the crossbar.

The second half proved to be a little more even, but it was an absorbing contest to watch and good to see players of the calibre of Roy Carroll and Alan Smith out on The Memorial Stadium pitch.

Prior to the match we heard that our appeal against the red card picked up by Jermaine Easter last Saturday had been rescinded, which was very welcome news.

Any decision to appeal a sending off has to be considered very carefully as there is a cost to the club in financial terms and also a concern that, if the appeal is unsuccessful, the number of games the player is banned for might be extended.

Last Sunday we began considering whether or not we should lodge an appeal and all of the Board members were sent video footage of the incident. It was clear that Jermaine had not made contact with the Mansfield player, but we still had to wait for the referee's report before deciding if the appeal should go ahead.

His report suggested there had been a head butt, but as that clearly wasn't the case we quickly decided that we should appeal and our decision was vindicated.

My thanks to all members of staff who worked hard on Sunday afternoon to prepare our case for the appeal.

I hope that you all enjoy this afternoon's Severnside derby match; it promises to be a great afternoon's football.

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