A POINT at Ipswich must not be sniffed at and I certainly would have taken that before the game.

And to say that we fought back from a goal down with 10 men does go to show the character and determination the squad now possesses.


We have had an indifferent start to the season, and our most recent form has been disappointing, especially against sides we would expect to beat.

But Gary Bowyer is right.

We have to forget about that form and concentrate on turning Saturday’s point into a run, starting tonight.

Birmingham are having a torrid time, and became only the second team to lose to Bolton this season at the weekend.

And it is imperative we come out all guns blazing and put them to the sword.

Lee Williamson had a decent game in midfield and Bowyer’s apparent tactic of playing him over Ryan Tunnicliffe to keep it a bit more defensive on the road may have helped us to a draw at the weekend.

But tonight, the only change I would make is to swap the pair as it is Tunnicliffe’s flair that could make the difference from midfield.

Rovers need to come out the blocks firing and take advantage of a side that has won just two all season.

We desperately need those three points to keep in touch with the play-off chasing pack and ahead of what will be a very difficult game in Nottingham on Saturday.

It feels as though we have had months without a game as the international break halted action for a fortnight. But the coming weeks will certainly make up for that, with five games in just over a fortnight.

That run will see us travel to Millwall and Brighton, neither of which will be plain sailing.

Then there’s another must-win home game against mid-table Reading.

We are just four points off the play-offs and all that early season inconsistency can be forgiven if we get a run together now.

But home form must improve very quickly or that gap will get bigger and our promotion hopes will become more and more faint.