Thoughts on Pompey

After two weeks without any Gas action, Rovers take on Portsmouth at Fratton park. The last meeting between the two clubs saw Rovers lose 1-2 at the Memorial stadium, so it’s safe to say Rovers will be out for revenge. It’s also a chance for The Gas to bounce back with a good performance and result after losing their last league match to Accrington Stanley, 1-0. Rovers currently sit 5th in the league on 47 points. A win this weekend against Portsmouth could see us move up to 4th as long as other results go our way.

Jermaine Easter celebrates his goal to make it 1-1 againt Portsmouth back in September 2015

Jermaine Easter celebrates his goal to make it 1-1 against Portsmouth back in September 2015.

I personally hate having to go so long without any rovers matches to watch or listen to, so with The Gas back in action this weekend, I can’t wait for 3pm Saturday afternoon. Rovers will be taking 2,860 fans to Fratton Park, and with probably two of the best supported clubs in League Two, it makes for a brilliant atmosphere. I unfortunately cannot be at the match but I will be sure to listen on the radio and will be cheering the lads on from home.

With Rovers being in such a good position to gain a playoff place at the end of the season, and still a chance of automatic promotion, getting 3 points tomorrow has to be the target. Although a draw wouldn’t be a bad result away to Pompey, a win would send a big message out to the rest of the league and install a lot of confidence into the team. I’m sure Darrell Clarke will be thinking exactly the same as me and will put out a side to attack Portsmouth and go for the win.

A few Gasheads may not agree with what I’m about to say, but that’s what opinions are for. If I was Darrell Clarke, I would drop Matty Taylor for the game against Portsmouth and start Jermaine Easter and Rory Gaffney up top. The reason being, I remember watching the home match against Leyton Orient and Gaffney scoring two goals. Easter started that match and I thought the pairing worked great. Easter’s movement opened up space for Gaffney to show everyone what a determined player he is. It also showed what a clever player Gaffney can be with his link up play between himself and Easter. Since then we haven’t really had much chance to see them both play together. Taylor hasn’t been in the greatest of form in the last few games and I would just like to see things freshened up a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I like Taylor a lot, he just hasn’t done it for me the last few games and I think a change would be best.

Thanks for reading. Please leave some feedback for me whether it be bad or good comments. I really want to know what you all think about my views. Fingers crossed for 3 points against Pompey! UTG!!

One Response to “Thoughts on Pompey

  • Well, DC went with Easter and Gaffney. It didn’t quite come off though!

    I would have agreed with you though, it seemed like it was worth a shot.

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