A successful January transfer window saw a number of promising young players come through the door at Bristol Rovers whilst Tom Nichols was the only permanent player leaving the club on loan – taking the short trip north to Cheltenham in a bid to resurrect his stuttering career, writes Steve Knowlson.

Swansea City defender Cian Harries and Crystal Palace striker James Daly were both signed on two and a half year deals, whilst Timmy Abraham – brother of England striker Tammy – arrived on loan from Fulham.

Unfortunately, our transfer dealings have not as yet halted our winless streak, which now extends to 11 games following a 2-1 loss to high-flying Coventry City last Saturday at the Memorial Stadium.

Manager Ben Garner has been trying to instil his brand of possession-based passing football into the team and for the first 30 minutes of the game this was much in evidence. A high press and some good passing moves culminated in Rovers taking the lead after 23 minutes when Jonson Clarke-Harris made the most of a defensive mix up to coolly slot home.

Coventry grew into the match with their experienced midfield becoming more dominant as the game progressed. They drew level 15 minutes later when Jamie Allen latched onto an excellent pass to fire past Jamal Blackman in the home goal.

It was to get worse for Rovers on the stroke of half time when Liam Walsh got on the end of an incisive move to put the visitors 2-1 up.

As Rovers chased the match in the second half they seemed to abandon their passing game and reverted to hoofing balls up to Clarke-Harris – a tactic that was meat and drink to the Coventry back line. The Sky Blues looked more likely to score and Rovers failed to seriously test the visiting keeper as they fell to yet another defeat.

After a promising start, it’s now clear that Rovers won’t be challenging for promotion this season, nor will we go down. The best we can hope for is an upturn in form and confidence from a group of players who have forgotten how to win.