By Shaun Stone
It's easy to say that I didn't fear the worst prior to this game, but following my recent article regarding confidence within the team, I felt positive that we would get something from this match.
There weren't only two teams playing their part in this match-up. The high winds also played their part. With Leeds having the wind at their back, we took full advantage of this factor, and after a couple of missed chances, we opened the scoring on the 18th minute, through a Matt Smith header, received from an Alex Mowatt free kick.
We could have had a couple more goals before the break, but we were unable to capitalise on our chances. During the half-time interval I must admit, I was slightly nervous that we may not be able to continue the second half in the same manner due to the high winds now playing their part against us.
My fears were becoming a possible reality as Rovers started the second half brightly. At one point, I even inquired as to whether we had a shot on goal since the restart. Well, this was soon answered when Ross McCormack came to the rescue of my nerves and scored a right footed goal on the 75th minute.
For all their second half effort prior to Leeds' second goal, Rovers were left deflated and the game was won for Leeds. The celebrations were well and truly underway when Rudy Austin fired a left foot shot into the Rovers goal on the 87th minute. Rovers fans upon leaving the ground, were sang to by the Leeds fans, reminding them it was "Time to go."
All in all it was a strong away performance and we deserved the 3 points. I found it difficult to choose my own man of the match, but Ross McCormack took my vote. As Thom Kirwin rightly mentioned in his post-match analysis of the game, he has run out of superlatives for this player. The guy stepped up for the team and grabbed the goal we needed at that time, to help settle the nerves.
To be fair to the team, they all played their part and proved they were a strong unit. Following a rather disappointing run of form away from home, this result was very much welcomed.
We did what was needed, and the most important thing for me, was that we took our chances in the second half when we had them. Too often have we failed to punish teams at key moments within the game, but this was not the case this time around.
A good performance, 3 points, a clean sheet, away from home, you can't ask for more than that. If you do expect more than that, I am sure those Leeds fans that went to the game would gladly sing "Time to go" to you too.
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