BUCKY’S BLOG: Next two games could define our season

John Buckley worries Paul Keegan might still be carrying an injury. Photo: Andrew Roe
John Buckley worries Paul Keegan might still be carrying an injury. Photo: Andrew Roe

I don’t think we should be too negative about the Brighton defeat - especially with the two games we’ve got coming up which are absolutely crucial in shaping our season.

Brighton was always going to be a tough place to go to.

I would have been really happy with a draw but we just have to take the 1-0 defeat. Overall, the result didn’t worry me too much.

What is concerning is the fact that Billy Sharp will now be missing for three games after his red card at the Amex and Paul Keegan (pictured) is still, I’m sure, carrying a slight injury despite captaining the side on Saturday.

When Sharp’s name is on the team-sheet, that gives the opposition defence something to think about.

But being without him for the next two games, Barnsley on Saturday and then Yeovil a week later, could give those teams a bit of a psychological edge which is dangerous when we’re trying to steer clear of the drop.

Barnsley this weekend brings back memories of the November fixture which saw then-chairman John Ryan stepping down before the kick-off. I was there at Oakwell and the day didn’t make for pleasant viewing if you were a Rovers fan.

Barnsley were by far the better team despite it being 0-0. Ross Turnbull, who will also be missing on Saturday, was fantastic that day and rescued Rovers with a superb penalty save.

It’s important we come away from the game this weekend with at least a point.

I don’t think it’s too negative to suggest a point will be good enough because we need to keep that distance between us and Barnsley and Yeovil in the table.

These next couple of weeks are a crucial time in Rovers’ season. We can’t afford to drop points against both of them.