So, Rovers are still stuck in the relegation scrap after losing 1-0 at home to Manchester City. Here are a few random thoughts.
If you don't score goals, you can't win games. And we didn't have a serious threat on goal. In my heart of hearts I knew we were beaten when I saw Junior Hoilett outside the ground at 7pm. Without him, there is nothing special enough to beat a team like Manchester City.
Roberts and Benjani play to win free kicks and penalties. They go down very easily for strong men. Kalinic is similar. So, for all Steve Kean's witterings about the good work on the training ground, no-one was able to take a decent free kick. Where is the sense in that?
Phil Jones and Chris Samba are an awesome centre back pairing. They'll be off in the summer, come what may. Robinson is a great keeper too. He won't want to hang about.
David Dunn simply doesn't have 90 minutes in his engine. Rochina was a flash in the pan, a few fancy flicks, then he was chasing shadows. I can't make my mind up about Jermaine Jones. But he's like so many Rovers players - "alright". The better teams have a Silva, or a Berbatov, a ruthless assassin capable of changing a game. We haven't had such a player since Roque Santa Cruz v1.0.
Bolton Wanderers are beatable this Saturday. But so too were Blackpool, Newcastle and Birmingham.The players don't look as beaten as the 1999 team did at this stage. Or, to be fair, the 2004 team.
The lads who were climbing on the Jack Walker statue after the match were out of order. But emotions are running high. I thought the fans were fantastic last night.