Gasheads Talk Back – Posh Report
February 26, 2006
Saturday saw a travelling contingent of 383 Gasheads heading to London Road hoping against all form guides that Rovers could re-start their play offs challenge against a team in very strong form of late. London Road was seemingly a fortress, with Posh not losing at home in the last eleven games there, and on the face of it it gave the visitors a tough challenge.
Pre match, I was assured the team were really up for this game, and I was not to be proved wrong with Rovers making their intentions known very early on.
Walker was unlucxky not to put Rovers up in the first few minutes, narrowly missing the target and hitting the side netting. This was followed up with another opportunity, this time Agogo, who broke through only to see his effort blocked by the home keeper. Rovers were far from done and son Haldane also went cloes. Agogo was a real threat to the home side, ustilising his pace to good effect and his understanding with Walker was possibly at it’s best this season, with them linking up well to break through to create chance after chance.
[image2] Jon Bass had an attempt that went close, as did Elliott on two occassions, and finally on 36 minutes, Rovers got the breakthrough they deserved when Agogo got through again, despite the attentions of Plummer, to put the Gas ahead with a shot that looped in off the keeper. After the goal, the referee dealt Plummer a yellow card for his shirt tugging on Agogo. Just before the break, Walker had yet another chance only to see his goalbound shot hoofed away to safety.
Shortly after the re-start, Shearer had his first piece of work to do, gathering a comfortable header from the home side. It seemed to be the first real chance they had created but it was no problem for the Rovers number one choice keeper.
[image3] Gasheads didn’t have to worry, as moments later a Campbell free kick was beautifully flicked on and inot the Peterborough net for Rover’s second and a two goal advantage.
Peterborough were now getting edgy and it was showing and then came the most controversial event of the afternoon. A ball appeared to be going for a goal kick when Agogo appeared to get a push from a Peterborough defender. It is still unclear what happened after that, but the referee decided the defender’s conduct desreved a yellow card. Nobody thought any more of it until he then surprisingly produced a straight red for Junior, who looked bemused to say the least. The home fans cheered, though they sounded more like they too were more bemused than feeling he deserved it, and maybe felt it offered them a lifeline and a way back into the match. [image4]
Ten man Rovers continued to dominate despite being a man short for thirty five minutes, and although a late goal was conceded, it was another good win on the road. It also sent out the message that the players had reacted positively to last week’s disappointments and provides yet more belief that Rovers can still challenge for the play offs this term.
Gasheads Talk Back
After the match I interviewed some of the travelling Gasheads. Here are some of their comments;
Simon from Fishponds said ” I thought we were absolutely immense today. Walker, Disley and Elliott were fantastic through the middle, though the late goal was disappointing.” Simon went on to express his delight at predicting a correct match score and picking up a tidy sum for his trouble. Maybe he ought to buy the Posh goalscorer a drink!! ” A great day and a great performance” he enthused.
Dan, also from Fishponds added “I think immense is the word for what I witnessed today. We worked really hard from start to finish and this performance really convinces me we can still carry on and grab a play off spot. I was shocked to see Junior get a straight red and can’t wait to see what he got it for.”
Ben from Horfield had this to say “A really, really good performance today, especially when we went down to ten men. We so needed this win today and we hung on in there despite being outnumbered in the last half hour to take the points. With other results around us going our way it puts us right back into the mix now.”
Mark from Yate saw it this way ” I thought our first half performance was one of our best all season. We looked like the home side today and Peterborough offered nothing at all first half. I couldn’t believe the sending off, but we still worked really hard after it and we deserved our win today. A good performance fro Scott Shearer today with some fine saves, particularly the free kick he pushed over the bar. Gutted to see Junior get sent off.”
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