Rovers still not got it right at the Keepmoat

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If only we could play all our games away from the Keepmoat. We currently have lost 50 per cent of our home games whilst we have only lost once on the road.

We lost against Crewe last Tuesday, in a game where I thought we played poorly but created enough chances in the second half to win the game.

We played better against an in-form Bournemouth team on Saturday but did not really trouble ex-England keeper David James in the Cherries goal.

Manager Dean Saunders thinks teams come to the Keepmoat and put ten men behind the ball, but I think we sit back ourselves and let teams come on to us.

It has not helped with our two creative wide men being out injured, and the dip in form of several players.

The winning goal on Saturday seemed to trickle past the out-stretched arm of keeper Gary Woods, but where were the players closing him down having a shot?

Woodsy would probably save that shot nine times out of ten, but Joe Hart suffered the same fate playing for England in Sweden on Wednesday night from a free kick.

We had to play four full-backs in the back-four on Saturday with Martis (again), Jones and McCombe all out injured,

Hopefully, Rob (Jones) will be back soon as the games are coming thick and fast.

I felt we should have had a clear cut penalty against Bournemouth when David Syers was hauled back with five minutes to go, although Humey (Iain Hume) should have buried the ball in the onion sack. Tomorrow sees us visit fallen giants Portsmouth at Fratton Park. Pompey have been living on a precipice for years financially.

But to say they are so much in debt, they still seem to be signing players, I believe if they come out of receivership they will be deducted points.

Sky Sports seem to be wanting to help them out as they have already had two or three live games on the box, whereas teams like ourselves, who run a tight ship, have to pick up the scraps.

Chairman John Ryan has recently called for teams relegated from the Championship to be given Parachute payments (as happens to relegated Premiership sides) as we lost about £6 million in revenue as a result of dropping into League One.

I just wonder how long it will be before a club does go out of business due to money problems?

We owe Pompey one from last season when they controversially beat us 4-3 with Dave Kitson up to his tricks to win the game.

We will come up against a player, Mustapha Dumbuya, who I wished we could have kept at the club.

Whoever arranges the fixtures at the FA have done us few favours over the next four days, as Tuesday night we are at the other end of the country at Carlisle, another difficult fixture.

There are still a few seats on the coaches to the games. Portsmouth: Dep Retford 7am and pick up en-route at Harworth 7.10, Rossington 7.15, Infirmary 7.45 and Keepmoat 8.00. Fares £24 adult, £22 (OAP), £20 (Under 16s).