ROVERS gained a much needed victory against Chesterfield on Saturday but rode their luck to secure three valuable points.

As the Pirates were left hovering dangerously close to the relegation trapdoor after some poor displays, the pressure was on to perform in front of the Memorial Stadium fans and put some breathing space between us and the bottom two.

Fortunately that was achieved with a 3-2 victory and it was certainly an improvement over last Tuesday night’s miserable defeat at the hands of Southend.

However, the Spireites will have left feeling they deserved something out of the game and in truth they looked by far the better footballing team.

Our first and third goals came as a result of an own goal and a deflection and our play was, for the most part, patchy and disjointed.

Broghammer was again played out of position on the right when he looks far more dangerous and at home on the left.

Instead McGhee has elected to accommodate Riordan by playing him on the left but the Scot has contributed little since signing on a short-term deal and is clearly not the player he once was.

Clarkson and Wayne Brown are not the ideal midfield partnership and we are crying out for an experienced ball winner in the middle of the park.

The manager has had since the end of last season to identify someone to fill that role but instead signed a number of younger players during the summer.

His poor recruitment process has led to our disappointing league position and forced him to play square pegs in round holes in a bid to cover up the gaps.

Eaves was again the talisman up front, setting up two goals and scoring the winner. Anyinsah justified his surprise inclusion with a lively performance and a goal but he still does not look the long-term answer to our problems.

Two tricky away games now follow, at Rochdale on Saturday and Port Vale next Tuesday. Winning at least one of those is imperative if we are to build on this victory and climb further away from the danger zone.

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