Date: 2nd March 2010 at 10:05pm
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County went down in an abysmal match at the Memorial Stadium tonight by a goal to nil, in a match that saw David Poole receive his second straight red card of the season.

Danny Swailes and Johnny Mullins were ruled out with the knock they picked up on Saturday, though both defenders are ‘hopeful’ of being fit for Saturday’s trip to Charlton.

The game also saw Jemal Johnson pick up an injury in the first half and boss Gary Ablett was forced into a first-half substitution, bringing the already injured Richie Partridge into the fray for Johnson.

It just shows you how depleted we are…

Well anyway, it was Jim Melrose’s two masterful signings who turned the woeful match in Brizzle’s favour, Adam Griffin and David Poole. Now, Poole is an awful footballer and no way near League One level even for us, but I’ve always said at least Griffin can put a decent-ish cross in. At times. A few more times than Poole anyway.

Griffin was deputising at left-back as Mat Sadler moved to centre-back, and it was Griffin’s cock-up that gifted Rovers the winner halfway through the first 45.

The full-back spooned what would have been a simple clearance straight up in the air, and Jeff Hughes was left completely free to power home past fon Williams.

Here comes the silver lining bit…David Poole saw red for a late tackle late in the second half. Poole will face at least a two-match ban for his second dismissal of the season. Thank God.

On another positive note, Bristol have recently seen off (pretty comfortably) Colchester and Charlton at the Memorial, so we can take a bit of heart from the performance tonight. Animo Et Fide.