There are many words you could use to describe watching Rovers under Darren Ferguson, but dull most certainly isn’t one.
After the late drama at the Keepmoat last Saturday, Rovers were involved in another goal-fest a week on, the sort of six-goal thriller a lesser publication would, at this time of year, term a Christmas cracker.
It took just four minutes for Rovers to go ahead at the league leaders; Mitchell Lund’s cross plucked out the air and rifled into the corner of the net on the half-volley by Andy Williams.
Within quarter of an hour Burton were level; Williams’ slack pass picked off in midfield and a first time pass released Callum Butcher who slotted past Thorsten Stuckmann.
Early in the second half Rovers should have gone ahead when Nathan Tyson was felled in the box, but Williams’ penalty was saved. So instead the momentum swung Burton’s way and they took the lead on the hour; Butcher beating Stuckmann again.
But Rovers rose again as Paul Keegan emphatically called the bluff of those who’d chanted ‘on the pitch if Keegan scores’ by curling in a glorious free-kick to level things up. And then another chance from the penalty spot as Andy Butler was bundled over and this time Tyson did the honours to make it 3-2.
However, the joy would be short-lived, and as is often the case, it was a former Rovers player who dealt the cruelest blow: Mark Duffy equalising for Albion in the dying minutes.
by Glen Wilson