PAUL MAYFIELD: Coupon-busting Wigan win was no fluke

Rovers' James Coppinger in action against Wigan.
Rovers' James Coppinger in action against Wigan.
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Well, where did we pull that display from?

Saturday’s win over Wigan was certainly a coupon buster.

I rate the performance as one of the best since the play-off semi-final at home to Southend.

The players seemed to gel and we looked so solid at the back. It certainly was no fluke.

James Coppinger produced one of his best ever performances in a Rovers shirt. Gabriel Tamas looked the part at right back, Abdoulaye Meite impressed again and Hubby looked like he’d not been away. I think it was Paul Keegan who made the difference though. He linked so well with Richie Wellens.

Let’s hope we can put on the same performance on Saturday at Blackpool and not fall for the sacked manager syndrome again, like we did at Middlesbrough. Paul Ince was sacked on Tuesday and normally teams raise their game to impress any new managers watching.

Don’t forget it’s your chance to ‘Meet the Owners’ on Monday at the Keepmoat.

Tickets are FREE and can be obtained from the club’s ticket office.

The following night we entertain Charlton, which is already a six-pointer.

We owe them big style after the first game in August at the Valley was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch with Rovers leading 3-1, only to see the hosts take all three points in the re-arranged fixture.

Win on Tuesday and we will drag a few other clubs into the dog fight at the bottom.

It is with sadness that I report the passing of two very loyal Rovers fans over the past few weeks - Barry Hopkinson, who fell ill at the Middlesbrough game, and Bill Dawson, a familiar face in the West Stand with his son Brian. Our thoughts are with their family and friends.

We still have seats on the coaches to Blackpool. Depart: Retford 10am, Harworth 10.05am, Bawtry/Rossington 10.15am, Hare and Tortoise/Sprotbrough Ivanhoe 10.20am, Infirmary 10.30am and Keepmoat car park 1 at 10.45am.

Costs are £15 adult, £14 OAP and £13 u16s. Add £2 for non members. Call me on 07961 727769 or Len on 01302 817347 to book. The North Branch are also running a coach from Adwick, Skellow, Bentley and A19 corridor, call 07780 316923 to book.

Let’s rock Blackpool!