Anyone not at the Keepmoat last weekend will have seen the 3-0 scoreline and thought Rovers had taken a battering, writes Paul Mayfield.
But we can certainly take plenty of heart from our second half performance.
It still sticks in the gut to lose to Leeds, and they have the bragging rights for the moment unfortunately.
Our failure to defend set pieces raised it’s ugly head again, particularly with Matt Smith’s goal.
The real Rovers turned up in the second half but we were denied an equaliser in controversial style.
Theo Robinson got round the back and slotted under Paddy Kenny, the referee pointed to the centre spot but to everyone’s amazement the assistant in front of the Leeds fans put his flag up for offside.
The decision seemed to knock the stuffing out of Rovers and they fell to two counterattacks which put an unbalanced slant on the scoreline. Brian McDermott said we’d given Leeds a good game in his after match interview.
The task is no easier this weekend as we meet the in- form team in the division who have been knocking in goals for fun.
Derby seem to have a had a change in form and desire since the Wally with the Brolly took over.
On paper it looks like a home banker but football always throws up strange results so let’s hope we get one on Saturday.
The fixtures computer was not kind to us over the festive period with long trips for Ipswich and Millwall to the Keepmoat and then a long trip on New Year’s Day to QPR.
I’m sure plenty will be nursing sore heads on the trip to the capital. Hopefully lightning will strike twice for us against QPR and we can enjoy a much more comfortable trip back.
I wish all the readers and Rovers fans a very happy Christmas.
Keep on supporting. Rovers till we die.
Supporters’ Club coach times: Derby - Retford 11.15am; Harworth 11.20; Bawtry/Rossington 11.30; Hare & Tortoise/Sprotbrough Ivanhoe 11.35; Infirmary 11.45; Keepmoat 12.00. Fares: £13 adult, £12 OAP, £11 U16s. £2 extra for non members.
QPR - Retford 8.30am; Harworth 8.35; Bawtry/Rossington 8.45; Hare & Tortoise 8.50; Infirmary 9.00; Keepmoat 9.15. Fares: £22/£20/ £18.