KYLE Bennett says it would be out of order for supporters to criticise keeper Gary Woods.
The shot-stopper looked to have cost Rovers victory at Shrewsbury on Tuesday when he let an effort from Tom Eaves slip through his grasp and trickle over the line in the last minute.
Bennett popped up in injury time with a deflected strike to hand Rovers a 2-1 win which took them top of the table.
Woods was also criticised after a poor parry presented Paddy Madden with the opener in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Yeovil.
But Bennett defended the keeper and insisted his contribution this season has been vital in securing top spot.
Bennett said: “Woodsy made the mistake but to be fair to him he’s not made a mistake all season.
“He’s kept us in many games – no one can have a go at him.
“He said thank you to me when we got back in the changing room but I told him don’t worry.
“He’s been a massive player for us all season, pulling off some unbelievable saves that have kept us in games.
“Those types of saves are worth a goal for us in themselves.”
Bennett himself has come in for criticism in recent weeks for below-par performances.
The flying winger has found himself on the bench for the last four games.
But he insists rather than getting frustrated, he has just concentrated on making his mark when sent on.
Bennett said: “You have to be ready to come on and make an impact.
“I’m still part of a team and the lads are playing well.
“I didn’t really expect to get on at Shrewsbury because they were doing so well.
“But the manager chucked me on for a bit of energy and I’ve scored the winner.”
Bennett believes Rovers’ recent run of form has not been as bad as some have suggested.
Tuesday night’s win was a fourth game unbeaten for Brian Flynn’s side following successive defeats against Bury and Walsall.
Bennett said: “I really don’t think it’s been as bad recently as people have made out.
“We’ve had three draws and a win which is a great pedestal for us to have.
“We never lost the belief – we just kept doing what we’d been doing all season because that’s what’s got us in this position.
“With the group of players we’ve got, we never say die.
“We’ve proven that throughout the season.”