By Nathan BeesIt is safe to say the last couple of weeks have gone pretty well.
The club has appointed new personnel to oversee the stadium development (including the man who designed Wembley), recruited a performance/scouting analyst and Darrell Clarke’s side have won three games on the trot rather comfortably.
There is no need to pinch yourselves, Gasheads. This is not a dream!
After reading up on new director Lee Atkins, stadium advisor Michael Cunnah and performance analyst Will Dubey I could scarcely believe it. Rovers were putting an infrastructure in place that would help the club to improve in the short and long term, and that isn’t something we have known to happen before.
Stagnation, and ultimately regression, have been the main things to emanate from the last few years, therefore as supporters we are not used to such ambitious changes. Happily that is slowly changing.
The new lease of life Wael Al-Qadi’s takeover has given the club has been unbelievable, and even though he has only been owner for a few weeks positive changes are already taking place throughout the entire club.
On top of the impressive off-field appointments, we are also seeing improvements being made around The Mem. The new scoreboard was a big talking point on Tuesday night and although it may not seem like a groundbreaking step forward to outsiders, it shows an intent to transform ragbag Rovers into a much more professional, forward-thinking outfit. The goal graphics are superb!
On the pitch we have been going like a steam train in the last week or so. After a tricky spell in February, Rovers have marched to a 4-1 win over Hartlepool United, a 2-0 success at Notts County and a 3-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon at the start of March to cement a place in the play-off places.
The rampant run of form has put us in a solid position; we are 6 points clear of eighth place and 6 points behind the automatic promotion places. We have gained good ground on the sides above us and if we continue to do that the run-in will become very interesting indeed.
The victory against the Dons in midweek was a huge result given their recent good form in the play-off race. To defeat a rival with such aplomb proves that we are back in business and are a force to be reckoned with. Many people saw Tuesday’s game as arguably our most difficult remaining fixture (aside from our trip to Northampton Town), so the fact we came through it with ease is cause for optimism.
Tomorrow’s visit of Mansfield Town represents another tough challenge as they are still in the hunt themselves, but with the way we are playing we can be confident about our chances. At this stage of the season everyone needs points, though Mansfield will feel under more pressure than most as they are desperate to break back into the top seven.
They will come and set up to be difficult to beat, but playing as we are now there is no reason why we can’t register another successful result.
Come on Rovers, come on you blues!