Positive Signs For Trollope – UPDATED!

September 26, 2005

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Bristol Rovers new management team Paul Trollope and John Anderson got off to a good start yesterday at the Mem with Rovers first home win of the season.

Rovers looked the stronger side, with Trollope putting the team out in a more comfortable 4-4-2 formation, and started the match well. Agogo and Walker always threatened and Agogo went close a number of times, though Darlington went close with a headed attempt on goal which Shearer has to be alert to save. James Hunt  managed to find his way into the referee’s notebook after a crude tackle which sparked trouble involving most of the outfield players.

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With the first half looking like being honours even at the break, with moments to go until the whistle, a Rovers break from a Darlington corner saw Lescott put Junior through down the left side. He looked up and put a perfectly weighted ball across the box for Richard Walker to slot home, albeit off a Quakers defender, and Rovers went into the break with the initiative.

The second half saw more domination from the home side, but it alswys looked like one goal wouldn’t be enough, with Darlington often breaking out of their half, but with no real end product, save for one incident when Elliott made a goal saving tackle as last man which he had to get right and did. [image3]The Darlo striker Sodje went down while his team mates appealed for a penalty, but the referee was having none of it deeming it to be a fair challenge.

As the game went on, Rovers seemed to tire, but managed to hold on to record Rovers first home win of the campiagn, despite some late pressure from the visitors.

To summarise, it looked like a nervous but professional Rovers side out there who were much happier to play 4-4-2 and had the confidence to go for the win. A man of the match performance from Robbie Ryan was rewarded by the Supporters Club, though other individual performances made it a difficult decision on the day. [image4] Leary looked exciting when he broke and was unlucky not to score late in the game and was even unluckier not to be awarded a penalty after the Darlo goalkeeper appeared to haul him down.

Steve Elliott was solid at the back and Gibb and Carruthers also got forward well to support the attack.

What did give cause for concern was the ease with which Darlington were able to get headers on goal from corners, something I am sure Trollope will look at with a view to improving it in time for Rover’s away trip to Bury this Tuesday. Other than that, the home side worked hard and deserved the win that will encourage Gasheads this team has some spirit and the ability to start improving. [image5]

Young Pirate Kyle Paul had a day to remember as he was not only mascot for the day, but was also lucky his favourite player Louis Haldane had arrived back after being recalled from Forest Green.

The winning 50/50 ticket was number 20904 which won £828.

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