Bristol Rovers 0 Charlton Athletic 0
Awful conditions today in Bristol produced a pretty awful game but we grab a point and now get a two-week break to recharge the batteries and nurse back some injured players.
Lee Bowyer changed it up a bit, but it looked a bit too safe for me with three at the back, which surprisingly didn’t include Naby Sarr and Pratley in front of them.
We dominated possession in the first half but sounded as if we didn’t really commit enough men forward. Josh Cullen did get the ball in the net but it was ruled offside and Purrington had an effort off the line. Rovers came closest in the first half though when Dillon Phillips made a superb save to keep out a free-kick.
In the 2nd half Rovers sounded the most likely to break the deadlock even though Bowyer went a little more attacking with the introduction of Aribo and Fosu. Parker replaced a quiet Igor, but we failed to create a worthwhile chance that I can remember.
On the contrary Rovers had a goal disallowed, had a shot just wide and Djiksteel tackled well at the end. A clean sheet then and we leave with a point.
Addicks at the Memorial Stadium: Doctor Kish;
Bow: “Conditions were so difficult and this is quite an open ground – the wind was unbelievable.”
Elsewhere: The top two failed to win this weekend with Luton being held by Gillingham and Doncaster drawing 0-0 with Barnsley Friday night. Sunderland closed the gap beating Walsall. Portsmouth moved away from us after beating Scunthorpe 2-0. Peterborough were beaten at home by Coventry and Burton put 3 past Blackpool putting them clear of a relegation batttle that appears to involve 13 teams.
I think Bow was right to freshen up the team a little, there were some tired legs on display against Burton midweek and a few players needed a rest. But seven points from a max of nine in the week is a good return. I’ve stopped worrying about or hoping for automatic promotion – too many results have to go our way now but we look certs for the play offs and I reckon it’ll be Pompey, Doncaster and one of Sunderland or Barnsley who join us.