Rovers’ eleven-year long opening day curse was put to an end as Tony Mowbray’s men gave the returning fans plenty to celebrate with a 2-1 victory over Swansea City.
It’s been a long eighteen months without Rovers supporters at competitive matches, but it was well worth the return for the feeling at the final whistle.
Tony Mowbray’s men executed the game plan well and it paid off as their high pressing game forced the visitors into mistakes which we capitalised on.
In reality, Rovers should have had at least a couple more goals, but with the three points on the board after a tough transfer window, that will not be a concern for now.
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They did their work on Russell Martin’s playing style at MK Dons, and they knew that they had to put the visitors under pressure.
There’s plenty of words I could use to describe the performance. Battling and confident are two that come to mind, but the keyword for me today is proud.
I’m proud of how the team battled through and fought for every ball, they really put a shift in today.
I’m also proud of the fans. After the summer of uncertainty, no signings and plenty of disappointment, they got right behind the team today and showed them what the Rovers fan base can do.
The fans deserve plenty of credit today. We know there has been a split in the fanbase in years gone by, and on social media recently, but they came together as one and supported the club.
Enjoy the win tonight Rovers fans, that one was for you, and for the supporters who are no longer with us.