The Donny revival continues. I think most fans would have taken a point before kick-off against a Middlesbrough team who have seen an upturn in form, but have been a bit goal-shy of late.
You only had to look at their line-up against us to see that they had some top class players. But we made them look ordinary.
It was a pity Chris Brown failed to divert the ball into the net, but he was stretching.
A lot of fans were also shocked to see the debut of Sam Johnstone between the posts - Rovers did well in keeping Ross Turnbull’s calf injury quiet. And who else thought we should have had a penalty for handball after James Coppinger’s first half free-kick?
The weather conditions did not favour good football. The blustery conditions meant the keepers struggled to get the ball out of their 18 yard box.
It was good to see Boro bring 4,254 fans - that certainly helped our finances. With Derby, Wednesday, Barnsley and Huddersfield still to come - and if we can keep the form up - our numbers should swell.
The new season ticket prices have been launched. Credit to Rovers because they’ve reduced prices in most areas and have re-introduced two low-cost areas in each side of the West Stand. The new cost for adults is £299. There is a further saving of five per cent if you are in the Alliance Lottery. Call 01302 762576 for more details.
It’s good to see Louis Tomlinson from One Direction watching the game again. His much-anticipated debut for the Reserves against Rotherham takes place on February 26, at the Keepmoat. More than 2,000 tickets have been sold and all the money raised will go to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. Season ticket holders can go for free and there is a reduction for people with a purchasing record at the Moat.
The next fans forum will take place on Thursday, February 13, 7.30pm, at Carcroft Club hosted by the North Branch Supporters Club. All fans are welcome.
This weekend sees us make the long journey to Brighton. We played there when they first opened their Amex Stadium. We have a good relationship with the Seagulls and their fans who have supported us during our dark days, and likewise.
Coaches depart: Retford 7.40am, Harworth 7.50am, Rossington 8am, Infirmary 8.15am and Keepmoat 8.30am. Fares are £25 adult, £23 OAP and £21 for u16s. Add £2 for non-members.