Rovers hope new faces can turn season around
Monday 02 January 2012
Bristol Rovers yesterday reacted to the disappointment of losing three consecutive league games by making a double signing, bringing Brighton goalkeeper Michael Poke and Chesterfield defender Aaron Downes to the Memorial Stadium on one-month loan deals.
Poke, 26, has made just one appearance for Brighton in 18 months, while 26-year-old Downes has made 194 appearances for Chesterfield.
The news came after Rovers were pulverised 5-2 at home to Crewe on Saturday, heaping further pressure on manager Paul Buckle, whose side have endured a dire three weeks. Prior to their 3-2 home defeat to Plymouth Argyle on Boxing Day, a game in which they threw away a two-goal lead, Rovers were thrashed 4-1 at Gillingham. Currently five points clear of the relegation zone, Rovers face fellow strugglers Barnet today.
Elsewhere, Northampton manager Aidy Boothroyd remained positive despite his side finishing the year at the foot of the table after a 2-1 defeat to Swindon. Michael Jacobs' first-half penalty gave Northampton the lead but Alan Connell equalised before team-mate Alan McCormack struck in the final minute.
"There were a couple of mistakes, a bit of naivety in trying to win the game. We looked like a desperate team," Boothroyd said. "The players were distraught at the end but we've got a new year and a new season, the second half of this season, to put things right."
Latest in Sport
MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix 2015: Five things we can expect this season plus what to look out for as Marc Marquez begins title defence
WrestleMania 31: What time does it start? Full match card and preview ahead of WWE event
Sting vs Triple H: NWO, DX and Shawn Michaels return at Wrestlemania 31 at The Game triumphs in flashback to Monday Night Wars
Cricket World Cup 2015 - Nick Knight column: It was all over the moment the cup’s best bowler bowled the best batsman
Thierry Henry shows he's still got it with incredible pass against Jamie Carragher's side during Steven Gerrard tribute match
- 1 East 17 bandmember Brian Harvey in 'very desperate situation’
- 3 Vladimir Putin says Russia will fight for the right of Palestinians to their own state
- 4 Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
- 5 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'