After a frustrating and challenging Christmas how great was it to start 2019 with a well-earned win?

From the get-go I was proud of the fans, who got bang behind their team.

On top of two brilliant goals to remember there was some terrific moments to warm the cockles.

Close passing always gives the impression of hard work in training as does sharpness in closing down.

Both were in evidence and after four tough games in an 11 day period it was as much a testament to desire as to fitness.

The disappointment of personal errors in the last quarter at Bramall Lane when Rovers were on top against 10 men could have left players licking their wounds but key players once more made the difference.

Charlie Mulgrew once more balanced set-piece magic with a more prosaic defending style; Harrison Reed raced around like a spaniel scenting a snack, and Bradley Dack did what he does best: tantalise, mesmerise and score quality goals.

So when Lewis Travis turns in what could be a career-bending performance it all adds to the sum of parts. Travis excited many when he came on as a half-time sub against Oldham last season at 0-2 and his exuberance and astute passing helped level matters to 2-2.

Sadly in the next game at Portsmouth he leapt into a savage tackle and was red-carded, leaving him back on the fringes. Now he appears to have claimed that place alongside Corry Evans and it is in his own hands as to how to keep it.

For all gung-ho bravado and dreaming Saturday’s cut-price trip to Newcastle is more of a celebration of Cup Magic and enjoying the game than winning at all costs.

Of course Rovers should go to win and put a strong team out, but it is a respite from the recent pressures of League football.

Twenty years ago a couple of young lads came of age in a cup tie at St James Park. You may know them: David Dunn and Damien Johnson. What price Ben Brereton and Joe Nuttall this time?