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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.
  14. Decent performance and result from us - just shows how far we have come in the last 18 months from losing at home to Wimbledon and Doncaster in League One to competing well with a Premier League side. The team weren't fazed by the occasion/stadium size and it gives us good hopes for the future with Mowbray in charge. Criminal that Dack can power in a header ahead of a central defender I thought the penalty for them was soft but it gives us another chance to give Newcastle a good game at Ewood.
  15. That's just my opinion, not sure on what team Mowbray will pick but it certainly won't be full of kids. Graham and Mulgrew are well into their 30s and after the Christmas period playing most games deserve a break while there is no point risking two key players in Dack and Raya. Our back up keeper deserves a chance and so do the likes of Rothwell and Palmer in Dack's position. Slight over reaction from you I feel, I was only talking about resting (but having on the bench) a handful of key players....
  16. Our game tomorrow is a free hit for us - we're under no pressure and the favourites will clearly be Newcastle. I expect a fairly strong team to play but the likes of Raya, Mulgrew, Graham and Dack will probably be rested. I'm hoping Downing, Rothwell, Conway and Brereton get a chance to start and impress, and Armstrong against his old club.
  17. So pleased that horrible run of games is over, made worse that they came in quick succession - Norwich (H), Leeds (A), Sheff Utd (A) and WBA (H). We were 5 mins from a draw with Norwich, a few minutes from a win against Leeds and if we'd kept 11 men on the pitch at Sheff Utd we'd probably have got a point there too. The margins in football are fine and at the end of the season everyone just sees the result. A name for the future to look out for - Lewis Travis. Hasn't looked out of place when called upon and looks like he has a really bright future ahead of him. Lots of clubs want him on loan for the rest of the season but currently he is one of the first names on the team sheet. Dack back to his best and scored a great goal while Mulgrew just does what Mulgrew does best!
  18. We didn't deserve to lose yesterday, but if your a Norwich fan you just know your going to be in for a good season when you nick matches like that late on. Norwich probably the best side we have faced this season - their movement and quality of passing is exceptional. We had to be switched on for the whole game, but sadly late on we lost their concentration along with some players (Evans off injured leaving Smallwood in central midfield on a yellow card and then Reed pulls a hamstring but has to stay on as no subs left). The players looked shattered at the end, we couldn't of asked for more effort from them. Danny Graham chasing back to defend with 10 mins left says it all. Sadly, some of our squad don't buy into the ethos of the squad (Brereton and Palmer are two) and when they come on in matches they don't seem to put as much effort in or be up to speed with the tactics. Its interesting we have drew against 10 men after leading, then lost a 2-0 lead with 15 mins to go and again today lost with a late goal. The starting 11 seem to work their socks off and be tactically spot on, but then the subs come on and it all seems to go downhill. I'd be happy to see Palmer go back to Chelsea in January. It hasn't worked out for him here, he doesn't really fit in with our style of play and comes across as very lazy always trying the show boat rather than sticking to the simple passes. He regularly loses the ball trying to do too much. Cannot fault Smallwood, Graham, Reed and Bell in particular yesterday they were outstanding.
  19. Worst conditions I've ever experienced at a football match yesterday - fair play to the players who played in it! Errors were naturally going to be part of the match but ours were made ourselves rather than due to the conditions. We were absolutely cruising at 75 mins 2-0 up then we completely messed it up in the matter of minutes conceding two goals. No idea why Raya came so far out to clatter into their player and concede a penalty, and then our defence got completely caught out for their equaliser. Hugely frustrating as 3 points instead of the 1 would have been huge, but there are many positives to take from it in terms of being so comfortable for long periods against a much improved Birmingham side however the negative once again is our inability to see out games/keep a clean sheet!
  20. Always slightly disappointing not to win against 10 men, but Boro are probably one of the toughest sides in the league to play with 10 men as they are so well organised, hard working and pretty defensive in their set up/style of play. It sounds like we should have got a couple of goals before they equalised, but I am still happy with a point away at Boro and 4 points from our last 2 games. Mulgrew is one of the best free kick takers in the football league - pretty much always hits the target and has a very good success rate from dead ball situations (free kicks, penalties).
  21. Unless a ridiculous bid came in for him next month, we'd be silly to sell him midway through the season. If he really wants to go next summer and an acceptable bid comes in I would like to think we wouldn't stop the move as he has the potential to become a very good Premier League player. Obviously we'd have a much better chance of getting to the Premier League with him in the squad so ideally he'd stay for one more season, but the publicity he has had this season has significantly raised his profile. He is now being man marked in games by pretty much every opposition and that just shows how fearful teams are of his talent. We need to make the most of the spaces that leaves our other attackers such as Graham, Palmer and Armstrong. However, more recently against Sheffield Wednesday he coped with the tight marking well to set up 3 and score 1.
  22. Really tough game away at Boro today - I'd take a point now, but we have nothing to lose to hopefully we just give it a good go. Boro will dominate us physically as we are quite a small team apart from our defenders, but I'd hoping we can do what we did away at Stoke and WBA and surprise them on the break through Back, Armstrong and Graham. I'm hoping Downing and Conway get another start in the team after MOTM performances against Sheffield Wednesday.
  23. Yesterday was an important result in our season following two heavy loses - something which the squad hasn't been used to in the last 18 months! We started quickly and went back to basics. Our key players were back to their usual level and two returning players, Conway and Downing, came into the team and put MOTM performances in. When Graham and Dack play together they are unstoppable at times - a hat trick and assist for Graham, and a hat trick of assists and goal for Dack. They know each other's game so well and there aren't many better finishes at this level than Graham. We have a tough run of games coming up now (Boro, Birmingham, Norwich, Leeds, WBA) but we have nothing to fear and can go into those games knowing we belong in this league and we can also be very competitive.
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