‘Absolute shambles’, ‘Killing our club’ – These Bristol Rovers fans react to latest damning defeat

Bristol Rovers’ troubles deepened yesterday as they were soundly beaten by struggling Southend United.

Rovers are 13 points clear of Tranmere Rovers, who do have a game in hand, so relegation seems unlikely, but they were still second best against a side who have been destined for League Two almost since the first ball was kicked.

The Gas have won just once in the last 18 fixtures, but they looked like taking an early lead through Alfie Kilgour who hit the post. It was only a brief glimpse of their attacking prowess though and Sol Campbell’s side broke the deadlock in the 18th minute when exciting prospect Charlie Kelman lashed home from outside the area.

The youthful Shrimpers back four then made an error, Elvis Bwomono allowing  Jayden Mitchell-Lawson to break clear and finish to level the scoreline going into half time.

Southend, who are 16 points adrift of safety, retook the lead ten minutes after the break when another young player, Terrell Egbri, bagged his first senior goal. The home side made the points secure with ten minutes to go, Alfie Kilgour getting the goal he hoped for in the first half, but at the wrong end of the field as he turned Stephen McLaughlin’s cross into his own net.

The defeat leaves the Gas is 15th and with just one win since the week before Christmas. Their next three fixtures are against Sunderland, Ipswich and Peterborough, all sides gunning for promotion. Whilst many neutral observers think they’re safe already, there are some dissenting voices amongst their support who are very worried indeed. Most seem to think there is only one solution, as you’ll read below.

 

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