7:45pm, Tuesday 15th February 2022
The Memorial Stadium
Bristol Rovers take all three points in a thoroughly entertaining evening’s football. A dominant display from start to finish results in a season high position of 11th. UTG
We started on the front foot with a very early goal from Harry Anderson, following a really good move down the right flank.
The first half in particular, was a demonstration of the attacking potential of this Bristol Rovers side. The only thing that was missing was a hatful of goals.
There were far too many stand out performances to mention really. Sam Nicholson and Aaron Collins were on fire. Full of running and skilful touches, it really was a joy to watch.
Nick Anderson on the left side was simply outstanding. Strong defensively, purposeful attacking up the left flank, full of energy.
The whole back four were superb actually, a really solid unit. Belshaw did not have an awful lot to do but pulled off his customary saves when required.
Finley and Coutts were industrious in midfield, breaking play up and closing down play. The two Andersons were all over the place (in a good way).
We should have been at least 3-0 up at half time, and whilst we allowed Sutton United to play a bit in the second half, the result never felt in doubt at any point.
A piece of individual brilliance by Aaron Collins just after the break sealed the victory, and was the least he deserved for a magnificent performance of forward play. For long periods, he was the lone striker but held the ball up superbly and was always supported quickly by a wave of players joining the attack.
Fair play to the travelling Sutton United fans, who despite being few were very noisy and provided some entertaining chants. They seem to be enjoying life in the football league and just happy to not be doing down.
Four points playing two teams in the playoffs is encouraging. We need consistent results from now on.
Next up Stevenage in a game we simply have to win.