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OPPONENTS: DONCASTER ROVERS (A)

DATE: Saturday 29 th February 2020

COMPETITION: League One

SCORE: Rovers 3 (Ennis 45, Sadlier 71, McCarthy 83 og) Blues 1 (Akinfenwa 67)

ATTENDANCE: 7,522 (including 432 thinking ‘at least it can’t get worse than this’…)

REFEREE: David Rock

SUMMARY: We missed the chance to go back up to third, as a failure to take our

chances coupled with some soft defending saw us slump to a demoralising defeat. We

actually dominated the first half, with Smyth and Samuel spurning good chances to put

us in front, but then some horrendous defending just before halftime allowed Niall Ennis

to wriggle free in the box and poke the ball home. Bayo equalised midway through the

second half to become our record Football League goalscorer with his 54 th strike in the

blue quarters, but it was the home side who found another gear and our woes at the

back continued as we conceded two more soft goals to hand victory to the hosts.

BEST BIT: Bayo’s record-breaking goal.

WORST BIT: Our defending for all three goals.

HERO: Bayo. What a signing he’s been for us.

VILLAIN: Not a villain exactly, but McCarthy’s clumsy own goal summed up a poor

performance from our backline.

MEMORABILITY RATING: 4/10

OPPONENTS: FLEETWOOD TOWN (A)

DATE: Friday 3 rd July 2020

COMPETITION: League One Playoff Semi-final, First Leg.

SCORE: Town 1 (Evans 4 pen) Blues 4 (Ofoborh 2, Jacobson 6, Wheeler 45+3, Samuel 57)

REFEREE: Tony Harrington

SUMMARY: Bloody hell, where to start with this one? Most of us were still getting the

sofa cushions how we wanted them when Ofoborh rocketed home the opener. Within

six minutes it was 2-1 and by halftime it was 3-1, Fleetwood were down to ten men and

we’d missed a penalty. Four months without a game didn’t seem to have dulled our lads,

as they burst around the pitch like hyperactive schoolchildren, sweeping Town to one

side in a first half blitz. Even their super-soft penalty felt like it didn’t really matter, just a

brief respite for them before we retook control. Town were mostly architects of their

own downfall, with Lewis Coyle receiving his marching orders for a reckless challenge on

Jacobson and ‘keeper Alex Cairns first flapping JJ’s devilish corner into his own net and

then kindly dropping the ball in front of Alex Samuel for our fourth, though he did partly

make amends with a good save from Joe’s spotkick. Paddy Madden, so often a thorn in

our side in recent encounters, then completed the self-destruction when he ‘talked’ his

way into a second yellow in the space of sixty seconds, to more or less hand us the tie.

BEST BIT: Ofoborh’s early strike settling our nerves.

WORST BIT: Lewis Gibson’s tumble for their penalty. Still not sure how that was given.

HERO: Take your pick.

VILLAIN: Lewis Coyle for his foul on Jacobson. Lewis Gibson for his dive. Paddy Madden

for his dive. Ched Evans for being Ched Evans. Joey Barton for being Joey Barton.

MEMORABILITY RATING: 10/10

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