Battling Rovers Lose Again

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Bristol Rovers lost there third game of the season, going down 2-0 to promotion favourites MK Dons.

Rovers had a lot of possession in the first 30 minutes, but the final ball was lacking far too often. Andy Sandell impressed again and was always looking to run at the defenders. The winger put in some telling crosses, but the Rovers attack looked punch less. It did take something special to break the dead lock, Dyer gave goalkeeper Phillips no chance by whipping the ball over the wall and into the top corner, after Izale McLeod went down from a tackle by Byron Anthony on the edge of the box, and the decision looked harsh.

Rovers kept battling in the second half but with only Walker upfront on his own Rovers never really looked like scoring and felled to test keeper through out the 90 minutes. Clive Platt, who once almost signed for the Gas, sealed the game for the Dons in the 69th minute.

Young Sean Rigg came on for the last 16 minutes and looked very lively, hopefully we will se more of him. James Hunt looked back to his old self again, fingers crossed he will keep this up. Bryon Anthony looked solid at the back again, looks like a great signing.

Paul Trollope
‘In terms of a performance it certainly wasn’t a Peterborough, in fact it was a very spirited display and we showed plenty of aggression. We just lacked a bit in the final third, and just that pass, cross or finish we needed was missing today.
‘But there were some good performances out there, James Hunt was colossal in midfield, Sean Rigg was very pleasing when he came on, and Andy Sandell was lively down the left side all game. At the back I though we dealt well with a lot of long balls, but at the end of the day the result just didn’t quite go for us.

Martin Allen
‘They (Bristol Rovers)played three in central midfield and they were the first team we’ve played that actually tried to pass and play some football and they do it very well.’

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