Partington 7 Great full debut, good in the air and on the ground and has a bit of speed. looked promising getting forward. Lockyer 7 Good game with no mistakes. Had a good battle with his man. Sweeney 8 MOTM absolute rock, won everything in the air and had a commanding presence. Brown 6 grew into the game but still struggling for form.
Bodin 7 some sublime touches and skill but not helped by the pitch. Lines 7 good shift had to battle. O. Clarke 7 got stuck in and really did well last 20. Sinclair 6 battled well some good passes.
James 6 ran his socks off no real clear cut chances. Harrison 6 same as James.
Subs: Gaffney 5 Montano 5
Crowd 8 vocal and supportive. Ref 3 inconsistent and incompetent at times. Rochdale 6 organised with quality but we more than matched them in the battle. In a tight game we looked the more likely team to nick it
Bradford was fiercely loyal to Bristol Rovers, even turning down an offer from manager Bill Shankly to take him to Liverpool in 1961. Legends are made not born.
Lumley 7 he is looking to be a good young keeper and is growing in confidence each game. Partington 7.5 Looks a very decent player, good debut and an astute signing by DC. Brown 7 particularly good going forward unlucky not to score Sweeney 8 the rock we have been missing, big powerful and athletic Lockyer 7.5 looks a different player with Sweeney beside him. Sinclair 6.5 looked a little lost today ended on the left of midfield after playing the first half in front of the opposing back four. O Clarke 8.5 MOM playing out of his skin, if he continues clubs will be after him in the summer. Lines 7 not the kind of pitch for his type of football, he tried though Bodin 7 looks dangerous on the ball but again not the pitch for his skills James 6.5 ran his socks off, will improve with more game time Harrison 7 battled well with no real effect
Montano Nole Gaffney 6 usual Gaffers effort with no finish.
Crowd 10 great effort by the gas followers Ref 3 p**s poor one of the worst DC 8 didn't quite understand Sinclair's role but as long as DC does. Rochdale 6 looked devoid of confidence
A good solid clean sheet on a very difficult pitch. Cannot be sure we have much strike power without the snake but we must give Luke James time as the fitter he gets the best we will see of him. My only worry is one or two of the strikers get injured or suspended. UTG