John Ryan: Our eleven cup finals start against Derby County

John Ryan
John Ryan

FOR all those who did not attend Tuesday’s fantastically entertaining game with Reading, I must say, you missed something special.

Rovers matched a team destined, in my opinion, for the Premier League and ended the Royals’ eight match winning sequence.

The quality of the team we now have has really started to show.

Over the last seven or eight games, with a bit more luck and good fortune, we could have had victories over Leeds, Peterborough and Brighton.

However, our unbeaten run goes on and we are now picking up points.

I have got to say a heartfelt thanks to all those who did attend on Tuesday night and really got behind the team. We appreciate your efforts.

It really did lift the boys and what a team effort it was.

Let’s keep the run going now in every one of our 11 cup finals.

The quality of the football has been excellent recently and we have more than matched some top sides like Brighton, West Ham and Reading.

The interplay down the right that led to our goal on Tuesday was top drawer.

I must give my personal thanks to Dean Saunders and Brian Carey for all the hard work they are doing to mould a side capable of taking on the best there is in the division.

And also to Willie McKay who has brought some fabulous players to the club and who works 24/7 to prove our experiment was the right decision.

While we are witnessing a great team effort, I just have to mention the leadership and footballing skills of El Hadji Diouf and those of the fit again Jame Coppinger and Simon Gillett (pictured above).

We now have clubs in our sights to overtake and hopefully we can climb away from trouble.

Three points on Saturday against Derby County could see us out of the bottom three for the first time since October.

I just hope we can stay clear of injuries and the unbeaten run can continue.

No game is easy in the Championship but with the next two games at home I do hope we can get two victories.

Seven points in seven days would be a great return with a game still in hand over our rivals.

I do hope many more of you on Saturday will join those who came and enjoyed the game and infectious atmosphere on Tuesday - it was something special.

Make some noise and get behind the team and help us stay where we belong.

Then we can look to plan a future away from relegation woes.