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Hornets Stung

17 September 2013

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As Rovers make the long trip down the M1 to face Watford this evening they will be looking to avenge their last trip to Vicarage Road, which ended in defeat.

Aside from the last visit the outlook is a little brighter as it was the first time that the Hornets managed to beat Rovers in three previous attempts.

Rewind back to September 2010 and Rovers travelled south looking for points to complement their good start to the Championship campaign. 

It was the visiting side who took to the pitch in confident mood and it was hardly surprising, buoyed by their convincing 3-1 victory over Hull City in their previous match. 

Simon Gillett stood out from the off and the home side struggled to get a grip on the passing and movement on show from Rovers. 

However it took just over half an hour for the deadlock to be broken but there was no surprise that it was to be the visitors who did make their mark first. 

John Oster played the perfect pass for the impressive Gillett to slot home his first goal for almost four years. Going into the break it was clear that the home side would have to go about their business differently in the second half if they harbored any ambitions of getting something from the game. 

That change came in the shape of Marvin Sordell, the striker was introduced just ten minutes into the second half and some fifteen minutes later he had nudged his side in front. Firstly heading home Don Cowie’s cross before finishing confidently after he run onto ‘keeper, Scott Loach’s long kick forward which eluded everyone but Sordell who beat Neil Sullivan. 

Going into the final throes of the game the home supporters thought the game was won but they couldn’t have got it more wrong. The resilience of Rovers finally bore fruit and it was they who had a sting in their tail when they won a late corner kick which Martin Woods hoisted into the box and George Friend was there to prod home amidst a sea of legs to give Sean O Driscoll’s men a vital point on the road and leave them within three points of third placed Ipswich Town after five games.

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