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Rovers and out

Bristol Rovers
1 - 1
Crewe

Memorial Stadium

Saturday August 18th

Attendance: 7,750

Referee:

Crewe escaped with a valuable point as the held on to a point despite late pressure from Bristol Rovers. Chris Dickson made his League debut and Ben Rix was recalled following David Vaughan's move to Spanish side Real Sociedad.

Rovers, playing their first home fixture back in League One were on a high and took the lead through Craig Disley just after the half hour mark. Billy Jones tangled with Pipe and he fed Lambert who passed it to Disley and he scored with a neat finish.

The lead for Rovers last just minutes, as Crewe responded in style. Tom Pope grabbed his first senior goal with a well taken finish to silence the partizan home crowd.

Shortly before half time we lost Chris McCready through injury and he was replaced by the summer capture from Liverpool Danny O'Donnell.

The 2nd half was all one way traffic as Bristol Rovers stepped up a gear as the looked for the wind. Excellent defending ensured that we left the Memorial Ground with a point.

The home team huffed and puffed but couldnt find a way through a well organised Crewe back line. A decent away performance, glad to hold out for a point. Next weekend sees League One leaders Leyton Orient travel to the Alexandra Stadium.

Star Player

Gary Roberts

Another brilliant performance by Gary Roberts. Worked well throughout the game and was the catalyst for Tom Pope's goal. Much improved this season and deserves high praise for his form in the matches to date.

Player Ratings


Ben Williams 7/10

Played well under pressure and put in an assured performance. Good Handling

Danny Woodards 6/10

Steady at the back but didnt offer much going forward. Helped out on the right by the excellent Gary Roberts.

Julien Baudet 7/10

Dealt well with the physical and aerial battle with the Rovers attack.

Chris McCready 6/10

Replaced after suffering injury just before half-time. Decent in the first half, no mistakes of note.

Billy Jones 5/10

At fault for the Bristol Rovers goal. Let David Pipe skip past him and set Lambert free.

Gary Roberts 9/10

Excellent all game. Covered Woodards and provided the drive from Midfield plus got the assist for Tom Pope's goal.

Neil Cox 6/10

Anchored the midfield well, added steal to the Alex engine room.

Ben Rix 5/10

Struggled in the conditions and failed to make an impact on the game but to his credit kept working.

Steve Schumacher 6/10

Played in a wider position and didnt look as good as he has done in the middle of the park. Hopefully will revert back to a central role next weekend.

Chris Dickson /10

Worked hard but failed to create any decent chances on his debut. Felt the pace in the 2nd half and was replaced on the 73rd minute.

Tom Pope 7/10

Took his goal well and led the line well. Very raw but will get better with games.

Danny O Donnell 7/10

Came on just before half time for McCready. He dealt with everything which Bristol Rovers threw at them.

Shaun Miller 6/10

Replaced a tiring Dickson and didnt make much impact as we spent most of the 2nd half protecting the 1-1 scoreline.

Ryan Lynch 6/10

Replaced Schumacher late on. Tactical substitution as we looked to see the game out.

Manager Rating

Tactics spot on, well organised but lacked any attacking threat. Game was their for the taking but we seemed happy to take a point.

Opponent Rating

Performed well in their opening home game. Very unlucky not to take all three points.


Writer:Matt Owen
Date:Monday August 20 2007
Time: 8:42AM

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