RUDY’S RID­ING HIGH AS ROVERS RE­TURN

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

AFTER the wor­ry­ing events off the field, a match to warm the heart. This was a high-class contest be­tween two teams with some of the best strik­ers in the di­vi­sion – and in Rudy Gest­ede, a player who is set to be a star of the sea­son.

Young and frag­ile at Cardiff, the French­man is now a brutish power- house, deft on the deck and almost un­stop­pable in the air. His goal was just the gar­nish on a per­for­mance of se­ri­ous sub­stance.

Rovers, too, look a mil­lion miles from the whip­ping boys of years past. Re­silient and dan­ger­ous, only in­juries will pre­vent a gen­uine tilt at the top six.

As for Wat­ford, this was not the match to judge fu­ture prospects. Miss­ing star striker Troy Deeney and chief play- maker Al­men Abdi, two fine goals dis­guised what was an un­der­stand­ably av­er­age per­for­mance. Lack­ing a man­ager and their two best play­ers, Billy McKin­lay’s as­sess­ment that 2-2 was a good re­sult is fair enough.

STAR MAN RUDY GESTE

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