When I said that there was more to Rovers than a bunch of bully boys, I didn't then expect us to get out muscled by 'Arry Redknapp's southern softies. But out and on the bench was fresh faced Mattie Taylor and the team that was mullered by Arsenal, in were a sturdy and solid bunch that wouldn't be afraid to get in a boxing ring. Five in midfield, strong at the back. 1-0. Game over.
Key moment that summed it up was when all seven foot of Chris Samba apologised to all fifteen stone of the mean glowering steel machine that was playing in Benjani Mwaruwari's shirt.
Might have been a different game if Santa Cruz had scored early, but he didn't.
And we really missed Ryan Nelsen.