Bristol Rovers 1 Walsall 0

3:00pm, Saturday 29th January 2022
The Memorial Stadium
League Two

Preview

The Gas welcome Walsall to The Memorial Stadium this afternoon. I am hopeful for a reasonable away following, due to the fairly close proximity of the two clubs.

Bristol Rovers are four positions higher up the League Two table, having collected four more points that Walsall.

Walsall come off a run of four straight defeats, so I am fully expecting a home victory this afternoon although I suspect it will be a tight affair.

This is another key game in the season for The Gas, one that we simply have to win if we are to be considered playoff contenders.

Prediction

1-0 Bristol Rovers. A close, low scoring game just edged by The Gas.

Match Report

A valuable three points earned by this never-say-die Bristol Rovers team takes us to another season high position of 12th. In the top half of the table for the first time this season.

A very average performance against an average looking Walsall side, this game is easily forgotten but we got the result and that is all that counts.

A standout performance from Luke Thomas, who gave everything and showed some excellent moments of skill. Both Luke Thomas and Anthony Evans were the creative force this afternoon. The team as a whole dug in and got the result at the end. Very worrying to see James Belshaw limping at the end. I really hope he is ok because he is a critical player for us.

Aaron Collins is now our clear top scorer, with seven goals. He is becoming the player that we all hoped he would be when we signed him at the start of the season, and is developing a habit of scoring critical goals.

I was surprised to see Luca Hoole sent off. I did not realise he was already on a yellow card, and the challenge was worthy of a yellow card so I guess the referee had no choice but to send him off. I felt there should have been a lot more yellow cards in this game, as it was quite niggly at times. I was relieved to see the ref book the Walsall player for diving in the box. I will need to see that one again as I felt it could easily have been given as a penalty, which would have ruined our afternoon.

I felt we lacked composure on the ball today, and were not really much of an attacking threat. I was hoping for more following the performance against Scunthorpe on Tuesday evening. Still, I have no complaints at all. We got the job done whilst not playing well. That is a good sign for the remainder of the season.

Fantastic result which takes us within 6 points of the playoffs. Onwards and upwards.

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