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CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

23 January 2016

The latest from Bristol Rovers Chairman Nick Higgs!

A great deal has happened since my last programme notes, written before Christmas when we were looking forward to the festive period and hoping to pick up as many points as possible to keep us in contention near the top of the league.

We certainly did that and credit must go to Darrell, his players and management team for a fantastic run of results which has seen us move up to fourth place as we go into this afternoon's match against league leaders Plymouth Argyle.

Our first post Christmas game saw us take a creditable point at AFC Wimbledon and that was followed by two home games that saw us beat pre-season promotion favourites Leyton Orient and Luton Town.

Then came our first defeat in eight matches, though how we never came away from Barnet with at least a point I don't know. We did everything but score after conceding an early goal and the possession statistics for the game showed that it was 65% - 35% in our favour.

Last Sunday we travelled to play Oxford who had beaten Premiership side Swansea in the FA Cup seven days earlier, and won the first leg of their Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Final against Millwall three days before our visit to the Kassam Stadium.

A superb display against probably the best side I have seen at our level this season saw us return to Bristol with all three points and sets things up nicely for this afternoon's match.

I would like to welcome new signing Liam Lawrence to the club and I'm sure that his experience will prove to be invaluable as we look to maintain a top seven place. In the case of Rory Gaffney, it's a case of welcoming him back on a permanent basis. We all saw what he is capable of during his loan spell with us and I wish him and Liam every success for the future.

There's a very positive feeling around the club at this moment in time, with everyone pulling in the same direction. When I look back and see how far we have come in the last 18 months following the despair felt in the summer of 2014, it makes me feel very proud.

Next Tuesday we go to the Court of Appeal regarding our ongoing legal dispute with Sainsbury's when we are hoping for a successful outcome, although it could be March before a decision is known.

I would like to end my notes by thanking you all for the messages of support received at what could be a defining moment in the club's history and for the support you have given Darrell and the team all season.

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