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DRFC Review of the season - March

DRFC Review of the season - March

We now take a look back at March when Rovers lose only one of their seven games and the Play offs are now a realistic possibility.

After gaining only one point from their last nine, Rovers start the month with an emphatic 5-2 win at Bristol City.

In an enthralling first half, Rovers are twice pegged back in the opening fifteen minutes after taking the lead. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas gives Rovers an early lead and Billy Sharp puts Rovers 2-1 ahead, Bristol defender Bradley Orr cancels out both goals.

Both Emmanuel-Thomas and Sharp score again before half time to give Rovers a comfortable lead.

An excellent afternoon for Rovers is rounded off when Bradley Orr scores through his own goal to complete the 5-2 victory.

Paul Heffernan extends his loan spell at Bristol Rovers until the end of the season after scoring two goals in his initial month`s loan at the Memorial Ground.

Rovers are quickly back in action in midweek at Preston and have to settle for a point after playing the better of the two sides.

James Hayter gave Rovers the lead on the half hour before Neil Mellor equalised for the home side just before half time.

Rovers missed a great chance to clinch all three points when Billy Sharp saw his penalty excellently saved by Lonergan in the Preston goal.

Billy Sharp quickly puts his penalty miss behind him in Rovers next game at home to Derby County when he gives Rovers the lead from the spot.

Emmanuel-Thomas continues his good form with a second for Rovers as the home side record a 2-1 win.

Lewis Guy heads out of the Keepmoat when he joins former boss Dave Penney at Oldham in a one-month loan deal.

Rovers record back-to-back wins with a late strike at Peterborough United.

Charlie Lee gives the home side the lead early in the second half, but a superb strike from Gareth Roberts and a first for the club by John Oster in the final minute, clinch all three points for Rovers.

Rovers miss a great chance to make it three wins in a row against South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United, when they concede late on.

James Hayter gives Rovers an early lead, but they are made to pay for a host of chances missed in the first half when James Harper equalises with just two minutes remaining.

Rovers go down to a 1-0 home defeat to league leaders Newcastle United.

Once again, Rovers give the magpies a tough game but lose to an Andy Carroll goal on the hour mark.

After an impressive first month at the club by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Rovers extend his loan deal from Arsenal for the remainder of the season.

John Spicer leaves Rovers and joins Leyton Orient on loan until the end of April.

Rovers finish the month with a well-deserved win at Barnsley; James Coppinger scores the only goal of the game to get Rovers back on track after two disappointing results.

The result sees Rovers finish the month in eighth position, just six points outside the play offs.

Next week we will take a look at April when the loss of Billy Sharp through injury ends any hopes Rovers have of making the play offs.


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Writer:DonnyEd
Date:Sunday July 18 2010
Time: 2:51PM

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It was such a shame that Sharp got injured against Barnsley or I really think Rovers could have had a great chance of the Play offs.
DonnyEd
18/07/2010 16:18:00
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Emmanuel-Thomas was a great signing on loan, I read recently that Arsenal have done away with there reserve side, if thats the case then we should be looking to bring him in on a season long loan if he's not going to get close to first team action.
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18/07/2010 21:39:00
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