I did say in last week’s blog that Bournemouth was a tough place to go, but I never expected Rovers to be on the end of such a thrashing down there.
I suppose the only positive from the weekend came from watching Barnsley! I covered their defeat at Huddersfield [5-0] for the radio, and they were dire.
But Rovers now have to be very, very careful that they don’t slip back into trouble, and their own game against Huddersfield is now a big one.
The strange thing was that Barnsley were the better side against Huddersfield, but the home side scored against the run of play and Barnsley just folded.
It could have been 11 or 12-0! I fear for them from a mental point of view, and I think Rovers have got more about them so bouncing back shouldn’t be a problem.
They haven’t been on the receiving end of too many hidings this season, so Paul Dickov can tell his players that last week’s result was just a one-off.
They’ll have Billy Sharp back after his ban, which will give them a lift, and I’d play him alongside Chris Brown.
A few weeks ago I thought Rovers were safe, but that’s the nature of this division as everything can change in a matter of weeks.
They opened up a bit of a gap between them and the bottom three, but that gap is now slowly eroding away.
I think they have to win on Saturday.
Ironically, Rovers’ best performances tend to come against teams they are expected to lose against. It’s obviously a mindset kind of thing, as they have the potential to beat most sides in the division, yet they struggle against those around them in the table. There’s no real logic to it. But Huddersfield are pushing for a play-off place, and they should bring a few fans this weekend. The boy Nahki Wells will also cause Rovers a few problems, as he is an excellent player.
Rovers are missing the leadership qualities of Rob Jones (pictured), who’s a born leader. When I played, there were a few players who, although they didn’t play well, they were still leaders and that’s what Rovers need now. I see that in Richie Wellens and Paul Keegan, but it’s time for the team as a whole to stand up and be counted.