An excellent performance from Rovers and a deserved victory. It took us a while to get our football going, but I sensed a difference in the attitude and organisation from the first minute tonight.
In the first half an hour Harrogate had a lot of pressure and forced a few corners, but I never felt we were going to concede. We pressed much better as a team than we have all season and protected Davies' goal relly well. Even in the early stages I thought we actually looked the more dangerous side, when Feeney and CBT broke away, and Vaughan obviously should have put us ahead before half time.
In the second half they could not live with us. We gradually grew in confidence and some of our football was excellent. Players that have really suffered in recent weeks - Morris, O'Connor - came out of their shells and it was wave after wave of Rovers attacks really.
Individually, there were some great displays. Spearing had his best game of the season and Lewis had a really good game running from box to box; O'Connor was excellent defensivley and going forward; Clarke was a rock at the back; Vaughan worked as hard as ever.
Credit must go to Dawes as well for the imaginative tactics, with CBT virtually in a free role, and for getting that performance from the players.
We have got a really good squad and any decent manager will have us challenging for promotion.
Excellent second half from Rovers. That’s the level of intensity we want to see from now on. Vaughan was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet tonight but really pleased for Khan. That should boost his confidence.
Just watched the game on catch up. So so much better. Coherent tactics finally and so much more pressing - we played 10 - 15 yards further up and surprise surprise the oppostion looked nowhere near as good as they did in the first game of the season as they did not have the freedom of the park. O'Connor was in the opponent's half for more minutes than all previous 10 games combined I feel sure and looked like a very good player. First half was only ok with too many misplaced passes I felt - Feeney especially but even then we should have gone in 1-0 up if not for a terrible decision by Vaughan not to square it to Lewis but after the break we were streets ahead of them. In the end a thoroughly deserved win which could have been more.
This performance showed immediately what a terrible decision MP made appointing Jackson manager. As most of us thought these players are easily good enough to be challenging for promotion and the players will massively grow in confidence and thus performances whilst MP will now I am sure bring in a seasoned quality Manager even if it is on an interim basis.
Delighted with the win. Apart from the 3 points in isolation, it seems to confirm what many thought that we have capable enough players but the team management was the problem. Hopefully, with the right guidance, we can kick on from here.
watched the highlights before. We got really lucky at the end when Scottie let that cross go through his hands but Vaughan would have deserved a rollicking if we’d not won for not giving Lewis a tap in when he hit the post
Onward and upward though.