Never Say Die: M.K. Dons away

It simply would not be Rovers without going at least a goal behind but we produced against the odds yet another incredible comeback to earn a point in a game that with ten minutes to go we had lost.
imageA comment first of all on the travelling support, just over 1,000 on a Tuesday night is absolutely class and we made at times a lot of noise. Fair play also to Wael Al Qadi who was in amongst the away fans tonight, it’s good to see, someone who’s worth more money than I’ll ever see in my lifetime standing shoulder to shoulder with the fans to support the team. This has contributed to the feel good factor around the club at the moment, the fans feel like the link to the players, the management and the board has returned and we feel valued in my opinion. By stark contrast, the M.K. Dons fans were awful, barely a noise from them all game and that’s one of my main worries about our stadium in the pipeline is that we will lose our atmosphere at home.

Darrell made five changes to the side which saw Harrison handed a start up front with Taylor, Bodin forming the tip of a midfield diamond consisting of Sinclair, Lines and Clarke whilst Roberts started at the back alongside Lockyer, Clarke Salter and Brown.

We took a long time to get going and found ourselves two goals down midway through the first half. The opener came after Kell Roos fumbled an effort from Reeves on the edge of the area and it was all too easy for Bowditch to tuck away. The second, just five minutes later was a back post header from Reeves and it looked as though Brown left him unchallenged. In between the two goals our hosts rattled the crossbar and at half time we could easily have been about 4-0 down. The positive was that we weren’t.

We started the second half a lot more sharply, two minutes after the restart Matty Taylor halved the deficit with a driven effort that beat goalkeeper Martin at his near post. We had our tails up for the next five minutes and everyone believed we could get back into it but we took out foot off the gas and thevDons capitalised. Ben Reeves was allowed to cut inside too easily by Brown and his goal looked to put the game to bed with 25 minutes to play. Free kicks fromBrown and Lines didn’t trouble Martin and many a Gashead will have thought that it was game over as the match ticked into the final five minutes but we were afforded a glimmer of hope, Matty Taylor tapped home his second of the game which came about through a world class pass from Colkett to Clarke Salter who unselfishly squared the ball to our leading marksman. You felt that we’d get one more chance and sure enough just minutes later the ball dropped kindly to Matty Taylor who buried it past Martin to earn us a point. It was carnage in the away end!

Another late, late show from the Gas and walking away fro he stadium it really felt like a win. Perhaps Darrells greatest achievement in his time here is the attitude that he has instilled into the team, it really is never say die at the moment and that’s testament to the fitness and mental resilience of the players. The point means we move down to tenth but we can go into the play offs with a win in our game in hand.
On Saturday we travel to Boundary Park to take on Oldham Athletic in what promises to be another tricky fixture, hopefully we can pick up another three points on the road and continue to move in the right direction. See you there, UTG!

2 Responses to “Never Say Die: M.K. Dons away

  • chris scargill
    2 years ago

    I couldn’t get there tonight but when I saw the final score I settled for it. Then I saw that we were 2 0 down and then 3 1. It’s great that we can still grab points from the jaws of defeat but I am a bit concerned about how long our luck will hold out. Anyway’ well done to everyone who made the journey tonight and it’s great to see Wael in there with us. I think this league is shaping up to be a case of anyone beating anyone with the exception of a few sides. Still’ never say die seems to be the way and if we can carry that through the season we’ll be OK. I’m off to Cyprus on Saturday and will be sporting my 70’s retro shirt. All the best for now. UPG Bromley Chris. X.

  • andrew snell
    2 years ago

    Thanks Will
    Could not make it but listened to a local radio commentary up here in London.
    How refreshing to see our owner, during the game, in among the fans, and not with the “prawn cocktail brigade” in the Directors Box.
    Take a look at Feb fixtures !!
    The games are against the 6 teams currently in the top 6 positions in Div 1.
    Guess its likely to be make or break that month.
    As an aside, Higgs took much flack, possibly with justification, but as supporters we tend to forget that it was he who installed DC. who himself must now be unfortunately be on the radar of the bigger Clubs.
    Leeds have already had a look but DC, like others, appears not to have been too enamored by the set up, with their Italian owner

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