By Nathan BeesOur results during March were nothing short of sensational. To win 6 consecutive games and lose just once is frankly unbelievable, and it has thrust us into a position nobody thought was possible just a few weeks ago.
While the mammoth trip to Carlisle United ended in disappointment on Easter Monday — undeservedly in my opinion — we are well placed going into our April fixtures. Unfortunately we slipped out of the top 3 as a result of the Brunton Park loss, but looking at the bigger picture it was by no means a disaster.
The pressure is now firmly back on Plymouth Argyle to cement their place in the automatic promotion places, so we can go back to being one of the chasing pack with nothing to lose. I think this suits us.
Interestingly, Argyle have what looks to be a pretty difficult run-in. They have a Devon Derby with Exeter City and also play a number of teams in and around the play-offs, so they are going to have to play very well indeed to come through those tests unscathed.
In contrast, we have a run-in that most Gasheads feel relatively content with.
I know there are no easy games in this division (or any division for that matter) but if you play teams in with a chance of promotion they are much more likely to take points off you than sides that are languishing around the bottom.
We face Stevenage, York City and Dagenham & Redbridge in our final few matches and whilst you can argue they will be scrapping for every point, realistically their fates could already be signed, sealed and delivered by the time we play them.
If York and Dagenham are already relegated they will be down in the dumps and their hearts may not be in it. Similarly, Stevenage could easily take their foot off the gas if they know they are safe and have nothing to play for until next season. With that in mind I would much rather play them than the teams Plymouth face.
That isn’t to say we will win every game and they won’t, but I do think we are well placed. With the confidence we have around the club at the moment and the excellent attacking football the lads are playing, there is every reason for us to be positive.
Next up is Crawley Town tomorrow and it is an opportunity for Gasheads to show the lads we are right behind them regardless of what happens over the next month or so.
The support in the Cambridge United game on Good Friday was outstanding and it would be good if we could match that against Mark Yates’ side. Over 7000 tickets have been sold already so if you haven’t got your ticket yet, what are you waiting for?!
Let’s get back to winning ways and see where it takes us.
Come on Rovers, come on you blues!