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Mar 11, 2017
gashead in peace. been to Roots Hall a few times and have nothing bad to say about you, except we rarely get much from you and I endured the coldest match ever there (made the mistake of 'making a day of it' in Southend on a january evening match many years ago!!).

I've had a read of the forum and think you lot are a pretty sensible and intelligent bunch. Makes a nice change.

You may not be in the mood for the positives from yesterday but I thought 607 Shrimpers on that long journey was really good. Well done.

I thought you were the fittest team I've seen at Rovers this season (I haven't seen all the matches though). Nearly all the other teams visibly tire against us as one thing Darrell Clarke really emphasises is fitness and work rate (not just headless chicken mode, but general workrate and looking out for your team mates). Your lot never tired or gave up.

You had a lot of possession, pressure and corners. I was pretty impressed with your team, although no-one around me could quite understand why Fortune was hooked off when he looked a real handful (and was replaced by a very similar player in Ranger).

Having read your threads I now understand a little about your no.4 - Wordsworth. When I saw him I was confused because he has the number of a centre back and the physique of a centre back, but was clearly playing MF. I guess he's one of those modern-ish big midfielders who gets forward quite a lot / gets goals, but sometimes gets criticised for what he doesn't do...

Oh, must add a caveat though - from the home terrace (behind the goal) we can't see a lot - LOL - we just go there for the atmosphere, not the view!

Our defence has improved dramatically since January. If you'd met us earlier in the season that could have been 2-2.

Finally, thanks for that nailbiting win at Wembley against Wycombe. made us laugh so much. We have a strange history with the Choirboys (as I call them...) and love it when they don't get what they want.