Rovers overcome Orient
Rovers avoided a banana skin today when they faced Leyton Orient in the Carling Cup. No disrespect to the away team, but any Premier League outfit should be expected to beat League 1 opposition.
The first half came and went with no real major incidents up until the Penalty on 44 minutes. Rovers seemed to get bogged down in the middle of the park, and struggled to play the ball to strikers feet or move the ball out wide.
As the game went on with no goals Orient became more confident whilst Rovers looked more and more nervy. When Martin Olsson went down in the box it brought little relief after our previous penalty misses. Credit to Jason Roberts, it was a good spot kick, 1-0 Rovers.
It wasn't long into the second half before the visitors equalised to the dismay of the Rovers faithful. 1-1 and we didn't exactly look like we were on top.
Throughout the game 2 players stood out for Rovers. Ruben Rochina and Simon Vukcevic. These 2 were the spark in the team and if we were going to get anything, these 2 would be key. Roberts went through 1 on 1 with the keeper and had his shot saved from 5 yards, but Rochina was there for the tap in and a well deserved goal. 2-1.
This seemed to spark Rovers into life slightly. We went on the attack a lot more often. Vukcevic had several attempts on goal denied and was desperately unlucky. He got his goal however. Rovers best of the night, cutting inside from the right hand side of the box, a dummy shot sent the keeper the wrong way, and the ball was smashed home.
Rovers were coasting but still not playing particularly well. A well worked goal from Orient set up a nervy ending, but in the end we put our name in the hat for the next round. Bring on the Villa, oops, they got knocked out, silly me.
Special mention to Vince Grella who managed to get 90 minutes under his belt.
Bunn - 7
Lowe - 6
Hanley - 5
Givet - 6
Olsson - 7
Grella - 5
Petrovic - 5
Vukcevic - 8
Rochina - 8
Blackman - 5
Roberts - 6
Hoilett - 6
He conceded 2 goals against a league 1 side. Another game without a clean sheet. Pretty poor tactics and only a couple of flair players got us out of the mess. Well played for starting Vukcevic though