IT was certainly a strange game for Rovers on Sunday against Crewe.

I don’t think I have ever been involved in a game that has finished 11 men against nine!

You would have to say that Rovers would have got through had they kept all their players on the field and I still think they will get through the replay.

Obviously letting slip a 3-0 lead is not good but it is another game unbeaten and they are still in the hat.

I think one of the positives was Dominic Samuel’s performance.

He led the line well, scored twice and set up the other.

If I was in his shoes I would expect a recall to the League One team when Rovers go to Peterborough on Saturday.

He did all that was asked of him against Crewe and as a manager that is what you want to see.

His performance was positive and Tony Mowbray will have been delighted to see him and Danny Graham on the scoresheet.

Rovers are starting to score a lot of goals now and the competition for places can only be a healthy problem for Tony to have.

Samuel and Graham are excellent options to have and you want that from a squad. Plenty of sides would be happy to have those two as their strikeforce and while it is difficult to argue with the selection in recent weeks I do think Samuel has done enough to warrant a start against Peterborough.

But with the Crewe replay coming up next week it might be that he has to be patient, keep working hard in training and take his chance when it comes.

Speaking of that replay, if Rovers win on Saturday then they will welcome the game at Gresty Road on Tuesday night because if you are winning games there is nothing better for players than the matches coming thick and fast.