Tranny Bashing!

by on 10/01/08 at 6:42 pm

Happy New Year to all you faithful worshippers of the Church of Bristol Rovers, I hope you all had thoroughly splendid festive celebrations.

Tranmere Rovers, ever associated with our Leyland DAF misery, sit relatively pretty in 9th position in League One, 8 points ahead of the Mighty Blue and White Quarters.

 

There are reasons to remain very realistic about this trip up to the Wirral; their home defence is as tight as a ducks arse on the Mersey and they are registering just shy of a goal-and-a-half each home fixture. If that is possible.

 

Their main threat comes in the familiar face of Chris Greenacre, a striker in the mould of Jamie Forrester who has managed to notch up 6 goals in the league and has also snaffled himself 3 in the FA Cup.

 

In this Gashead’s opinion, Rovers will make the most out of this trip if they can keep experienced midfielder Chris Shuker under wraps; an active little player who has the ability to unlock defences with a killer ball and has also registered a couple of long-range beauties in recent seasons (From my memory of Soccer AM round-ups).

 

Draw no semi-conclusions on this fixture boys and girls, from the statistics and league table, this looks like it could turn into a traditional midweek league scrap…wet, muddy and the team with the most determined players can nick it from the more talented.

 

This may work in our favour, as makeshift midfield maestros “Sir” Chris Lines and Danny Coles may even keep fit-again Craig Disley and suspension-completed Stuart Campbell out of the starting eleven.

 

If this is the case, it will be a major test for the youthful Lines to show his worth in a muck and bullets type match, as well as the glamour fixture Fulham made for us on Sunday. No doubt, if he gets his head up as much as Sunday and sticks to the simple passes he could turn out to be one of the early positives this season can bring.

 

Regarding positives, this could develop into a fruitful month for Rovers, as it may see the return of Ryan Green, Byron “Lord” Anthony and our tan-tastic son from Trowbridge (Lewis Haldane, for the benefit of our partially sighted fans).

 

This coupled with some solid movements in the transfer market could well see which direction the Rovers ship is going to sail in the second half of the season.

 

The web-monkeys on the Official Forum have tempted another instance of Clive-Platt-like fate by trumpeting Rovers’ love of Jeff Hughes, a wonderful left-sided player currently plying his trade with the (B)eagles at Crystal Palace.

 

Gasheads should be known to his obvious quality, as he smashed 3 strikes past us and set up one in the play-off semi finals for Lincoln last season.

 

All this rumour-mill nonsense aside, I hope you all managed to get your Fulham tickets and my sincere apologies to those who didn’t.

 

However, on a (hopefully) more positive note, lets hope for a good performance up in the North-West and at least a point for the boys in blue.

 

Yours still, Taunton Gas.

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