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  1. Routine 2-0 win at home to relegated Bolton to make it 4 wins in a row. Bolton as expected very poor and we should have made the scoreline more convincing. Great to see Brereton finally get off the mark for us and he is likely to start the remaining games now to build some confidence ahead of a big season for him next season. In attack we look very good with Brereton/Graham with Dack playing behind and Rothwell and Armstrong on the wings. Bolton fans in good spirits despite their relegation but I did cringe at them celebrating imaginary goals....
  2. Meaningless game in terms of we couldn't go down or be promoted, but it gives us more momentum going into the summer and next season. Dack and Graham fighting it out for top goalscorer and Mowbray giving our second choice goalkeeper a chance to impress in the final few games. We dominated throughout bar a nervy last 5 mins and it really should have been a more convincing scoreline.
  3. We have now achieved the season objective of staying up (we are now mathematically safe) with 4 games to go. Forest is a touch place to go but we have generally done alright there in recent seasons so its pleasing to pick up another 3 points after Tuesday's win. Joe Rothwell the star of the show with a great goal and decent performance - I can't wait to see more of him next season as right now he is out performing Bradley Dack. So happy for Danny Graham getting his 150th league goal and hopefully he is rewarded for a very good season with player of the season for us. Its been a thankless task upfront for him at times on his own but the shift he puts in week in week out at his age is remarkable and his goal return is pretty good too. He is probably our most important player and it will be a huge job in replacing him as he isn't going to go on forever. The fall out on social media from Forest fans suggests they are not happy at all with the football under MON and want him out ASAP...
  4. Fantastic result and performance from us last night against Derby. We dominated the game and the scoreline should have been more impressive with the chances we created. Dack was back on form and Rothwell's emergence in recent weeks has been a big plus. Conway terrorised Ashley Cole and Travis and Reed in midfield hassled the likes of Mount and Wilson. Hopefully we have a positive end to the season after an awful run.
  5. We need to bounce back after 3 consecutive defeats but Boro are tough to break down. I don't see it being a great game or there being many goals (most likely 1-0 to Boro) so I'm not too sure why Sky have decided to show it live! The injuries have cleared up bar Lenihan and while our overall play has been decent of late we either collapse at the back/switch off and concede late goals or we aren't good enough in attack. We are having a fantastic season overall, way beyond expectations, I just hope the season doesn't fizzle out for us.
  6. Us too. And Charlie Austin Harry Chapman's transfer has been confirmed - can't wait to see how his career develops under Mowbray if he can stay injury free...a very exciting talent and one I can see Boro regretting letting go.
  7. Big blow to Sunderland in their promotion push this season, he is their main goalscorer and threat so he will have to be replaced this Jan. They have been interested in Wigan's Will Grigg who will score goals at L1 level but seems they are bidding way under Wigan's valuation at the moment.
  8. It sounds like we are close to signing Harry Chapman from Boro on a permanent basis after he was on loan with us last season - he is likely to be loaned out to a L1 team for match fitness with a view to him coming back for pre-season and fighting for a place in the first team squad. Clearly a talent but career has been on hold due to injury. He is loved by the Rovers fans as he is the type of player that excites you and can make a huge impact off the bench when teams are tired. He is still very young and inexperienced but TM clearly rates him whereas Pulis hasn't given him a fair chance. He is out of contact at Boro this summer so the transfer fee will be minimal so its a win win situation for us as if he does go on to impress he will be worth a very decent amount.
  9. Impressive win against Hull yesterday considering their recent form, but had I not known that and saw their team then I would have fully expected a home win. Bowen, Grosicki and Henriksen are good footballers but other than that their wasn't a huge amount for us to fear and we kept those three pretty quiet. In the first half we were in complete control, playing some lovely football, hassling and closing Hull down and not giving them a chance. Second half they came back into it slightly but I never felt we were in any danger - Campbell looked slightly threatening when brought on at HT but starting Martin upfront played right into our hands as Lenihan and Rodwell won everything against him and he isn't very mobile. We switched Reed and Armstrong so Reed could help his full back out with Bowen, but he had a very quiet game. Dack not at his best, but Armstrong was and the likes of Travis and Rodwell breaking into the side have been a huge bonus. Smallwood and Mulgrew will have to fight hard for their places back now especially Mulgrew as that is now 3 clean sheets in a row for Rodwell and Lenihan. I really hope we sort out a deal to keep Rodwell past this season as he now looks fit and very comfortable playing at CB. We have a decent run in now having played most of the top 6 twice already who so knows what the season will bring...
  10. Pretty routine 2-0 win for us against a poor Ipswich team. They worked hard enough and Collins was excellent for them at the back, but they lack real quality and offer very little in attack. It could have been more than 2 goals for us with Dack going close on 3 occasions, we hit the woodwork twice and Bennett missed a good chance. Young Lewis Travis was once again excellent in midfield and he is now keeping out of the team much more senior players who Mowbray relied on last season. He looks to have a very bright future ahead of him as an all round energetic midfield who can also cover at full back. Jack Rodwell is also beginning to show some good form at the back with Lenihan - they now have 2 clean sheets in a row. Pleasing to see Nuttall get another goal, now two in two for him, and Armstrong providing assists as it means we are much less reliant on Dack and Graham for goals/assists.
  11. Really proud to be a Rover at the moment - the team did us proud last night and gave absolutely everything. Things could have been very different had Dack put away his chance in extra time at 2-2. Everyone going on about Newcastle's weak team but our defence was makeshift to say the least! We were also forced into playing a different formation for the first time due to the lack of defenders available. Smallwood and Travis were outstanding in central midfield, as were Graham in attack and Lenihan in defence. The big frustration is that Newcastle's crucial 3rd goal should have been disallowed for offside and had it happened in the initial tie then VAR would have come into play and confirmed the decision to disallow it. It is unfair that in the same tie one match has VAR and another hasn't. If both sides don't have access to it ie. aren't PL then it shouldn't be used. I thought the youngsters in the Newcastle side were a credit to their club, the more senior players looked like they couldn't care less. There seemed to be no urgency for Newcastle to win it from the players or management and got a get out of jail free card with the luck for the 3rd goal then the 4th comes from us not giving a shit and going all out attack. The funny thing is had just a couple more senior players started the first game such as Perez and Rondon then everyone wouldn't have had to be put through all those minutes of football as we aren't at a level just yet to cope with their quality. As Newcastle made so many changes it made it far more even and for the majority of the tie you couldn't tell which team was in the higher division.
  12. It clearly didn't work when he sent the spy to Brockhall and we then beat them at Ewood from 2 set pieces....
  13. Not a game that will live long in the memory but you can't ask for more than a clean sheet and away win. Despite some changes to the team we were solid, well organised and then took our chances when they came. We have conceded the most goals in the league late on in games and its happened a lot to us recently so today's game felt even better to win it late on. Rodwell had his best game in a Rovers shirt while Lenihan and Travis were also excellent. No one expected Nuttall to start but he repaid the faith - he has a lot of talent but his attitude can be questioned at times and he has been too soft in games but there is no doubt the guy scores goals (he's on fire for the Under 23s once again this season). We've had one hell of a run of games in the last 6 weeks but to end it with wins against WBA and Millwall (had won 4 in a row before today) with a draw away against a PL team in-between is fantastic.
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