It was good to be back in the press box the ebullient Bob Hunt and son Billy and the always analytical Ash brought convivial consistency. All talk was of team, tactics and formation. Ability, approach and attitude were uppermost in my mind but everyone shared the optimism of a new season, until just after kick-off. A savage tackle on George Williams resulted in the use of a stretcher. The ref has a prime duty to protect players whether it is the first minute of the match or not . This one did not even show a yellow card. What happened next was predictable. An unsettled Rovers side struggled to break down a defensive Oldham side. They did not just park one bus, they brought the whole depot! The second-half showed a different Rovers side. Quicker and more confident and in manager Mark we have a man who uses substitutes well. The first was Taylor Allen. His pace and drive down the left side asked questions Oldham could not answer. He thoroughly deserved his winning goal. Joining him on the pitch Matty Stevens brought dash and punch to the Rovers' front line, looking the ideal impact substitute but I am sure he is much more than that. Through the game the Rovers defence was solid and resolute. There were none of the horrible gaffes of last season.It was a totally fine team performance but one player showed considerable promise. James Morton grew in stature during the game and has the ability to make the killer pass. Three points and a clean sheet are evidence of good start but it will be tough at Walsall on Saturday. We know now our team has the ability to meet such a challenge.