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22 minutes ago, Mattyblue said:

This article is pretty damning from the increasingly brazen Sharpe (he’ll be getting his lanyard taken away).

Some highlights - 

- Haven’t scored a header from a corner since 2019

- One headed goal all season 

- Fewest goals from set pieces in the division.

Certainly points to poor coaching.

https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/sport/19025039.stats-reasons-behind-rovers-set-pieces-struggles/

That's exactly what it is.

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1 hour ago, Mattyblue said:

This article is pretty damning from the increasingly brazen Sharpe (he’ll be getting his lanyard taken away).

Some highlights - 

- Haven’t scored a header from a corner since 2019

- One headed goal all season 

- Fewest goals from set pieces in the division.

Certainly points to poor coaching.

https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/sport/19025039.stats-reasons-behind-rovers-set-pieces-struggles/

I mentioned a while ago but Stephen Warnock spoke to the athletic recently about Allardyce’s first few days at Rovers. It was straight to set pieces and defending. Who stands where, who marks who etc. At first the players were like ‘what is this guy about?’. However, he said the penny quickly dropped with them and he improved us overnight. Marginal gains and a little something called tactical nous.  

Mowbray hasn’t improved us one bit defensively... in FOUR years! 

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13 minutes ago, Gavlar Somerset Rover! said:

I mentioned a while ago but Stephen Warnock spoke to the athletic recently about Allardyce’s first few days at Rovers. It was straight to set pieces and defending. Who stands where, who marks who etc. At first the players were like ‘what is this guy about?’. However, he said the penny quickly dropped with them and he improved us overnight. Marginal gains and a little something called tactical nous.  

Mowbray hasn’t improved us one bit defensively... in FOUR years! 

If we haven't improved defensively why are we conceding fewer goals per game than the last 2 seasons ?

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5 minutes ago, Mashed Potatoes said:

If we haven't improved defensively why are we conceding fewer goals per game than the last 2 seasons ?

Out of interest and apologies if posted elsewhere, but solely on the job Mowbray has done and where you deem us to be at the moment, on the assumption that the next manager isnt "another Coyle" would you stick with Mowbray or feel it is time for a change and why?

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18 minutes ago, roversfan99 said:

Out of interest and apologies if posted elsewhere, but solely on the job Mowbray has done and where you deem us to be at the moment, on the assumption that the next manager isnt "another Coyle" would you stick with Mowbray or feel it is time for a change and why?

I would certainly be prepared to give him until the end of the season. I know people are frustrated with things but I do think that there has been some improvement; right now our problem is getting the first goal in games - when we do we go on and win. We are a bit like Leicester in that we are at our best when the opposition are pushing on against us ; unlike Leicester we have not yet advanced to the position of making it more difficult for the opposition to get that first goal and having the ingenuity in midfield to open the opposition up to score it. However I don't think we are a million miles away - particularly as we have a lot of young players. 

What I am simply not going to do is join those who find fault with everything - the latest being blaming the manager for a game being postponed.

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19 minutes ago, roversfan99 said:

Out of interest and apologies if posted elsewhere, but solely on the job Mowbray has done and where you deem us to be at the moment, on the assumption that the next manager isnt "another Coyle" would you stick with Mowbray or feel it is time for a change and why?

I know this isn't a question for me 99, but my take on that question is this:

I said a few weeks ago that replacing Mowbray depends on which camp you fall into.

  • One camp believe that we should be playoff and promotion candidates, get rid now if thats the case, he's had enough time and isn't taking us up.
  • The camp I'm in believe we will never go up while we have Venkys running the show, replacing the manager will make no difference in terms of promotion, but we could go down.

Its as simple as that for me.

 

 

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24 minutes ago, AllRoverAsia said:

IF Warnock had been appointed and given the transfer funds made available to Mowbray the we would have gone up and under Vs dire ownership model.

That's the camp I'm in. 

You could be right, we’ll never know.

It’s just another example of why we will never go up under Venky ownership. 

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33 minutes ago, Mashed Potatoes said:

I would certainly be prepared to give him until the end of the season. I know people are frustrated with things but I do think that there has been some improvement; right now our problem is getting the first goal in games - when we do we go on and win. We are a bit like Leicester in that we are at our best when the opposition are pushing on against us ; unlike Leicester we have not yet advanced to the position of making it more difficult for the opposition to get that first goal and having the ingenuity in midfield to open the opposition up to score it. However I don't think we are a million miles away - particularly as we have a lot of young players. 

What I am simply not going to do is join those who find fault with everything - the latest being blaming the manager for a game being postponed.

I personally havent seen the improvement, we have just been bumbling around mid table, never picking up with points with enough consistency to get close to the top 6 or to improve on last season, with form getting worse and worse. What is the improvement you see? What makes you think we arent far away?

You mention getting the first goal but I dont see any logic for assuming that it is something that will change, I believe our record of goals in first halves is poor across Mowbrays tenure here, something Rich Sharpe touched on recently. And you are obviously far less likely to lose games if you score the first goal, but we repeatedly are not doing. Its easier for anyone to win games when a goal up.

I just look at various signs too of poor management. We have scored the least from set pieces in the division, we regularly come up with shambolic routines and the manager has not seen fit to intervene, merely allowing his coaches to crack on. We concede far more from set pieces than we score. We also might have a marginally better defensive record compared to last season but clean sheets are few and far between, if you have to score 2 or more to win then you are facing an uphill battle.

I also look at performance levels which if anything seem to be getting worse and worse and the style is based on flawed principles. You dont have to dominate possession to win games, especially if it is in ways that cause more problems than benefits, for example, we dont have defenders with the ball playing capabilities to play out from the back, and the shape of the midfield 3 seems to leave it further exposed.

The last comment seems unnecessary, who has claimed that the game was postponed seriously because of Mowbray. If anyone has, its a ridiculous belief of someone in the minority.

32 minutes ago, Gav said:

I know this isn't a question for me 99, but my take on that question is this:

I said a few weeks ago that replacing Mowbray depends on which camp you fall into.

  • One camp believe that we should be playoff and promotion candidates, get rid now if thats the case, he's had enough time and isn't taking us up.
  • The camp I'm in believe we will never go up while we have Venkys running the show, replacing the manager will make no difference in terms of promotion, but we could go down.

Its as simple as that for me.

 

 

Its not as straightforward as there being 2 camps, but I dont get why we cant at least hope for promotion even under Venkys, who nobody hates more than me. Promotion may be in spite of them, but it takes one good season, one good appointment, and why bother if you cant keep a flicker of hope of success even if it isnt entirely even logical or realistic? When we appointed Coyle, I was fuming but I didnt accept relegation before the season, even though I knew it was possible. I get what you are saying but sometimes a football fan dreams and hopes in the face of logic and probability.

I also dont get the fear of not being able to replace a manager who is clearly in a rut, surely if the argument is that Venkys couldnt possibly get better, how did they manage to attract Mowbray in the first place? Whether its pure luck, an agent link, whatever, it is not definite that we would find another Coyle, we could improve on a manager who was on the scrapheap before he came here but has done a good job yet hit a wall.

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3 minutes ago, roversfan99 said:

I personally havent seen the improvement, we have just been bumbling around mid table, never picking up with points with enough consistency to get close to the top 6 or to improve on last season, with form getting worse and worse. What is the improvement you see? What makes you think we arent far away?

You mention getting the first goal but I dont see any logic for assuming that it is something that will change, I believe our record of goals in first halves is poor across Mowbrays tenure here, something Rich Sharpe touched on recently. And you are obviously far less likely to lose games if you score the first goal, but we repeatedly are not doing. Its easier for anyone to win games when a goal up.

I just look at various signs too of poor management. We have scored the least from set pieces in the division, we regularly come up with shambolic routines and the manager has not seen fit to intervene, merely allowing his coaches to crack on. We concede far more from set pieces than we score. We also might have a marginally better defensive record compared to last season but clean sheets are few and far between, if you have to score 2 or more to win then you are facing an uphill battle.

I also look at performance levels which if anything seem to be getting worse and worse and the style is based on flawed principles. You dont have to dominate possession to win games, especially if it is in ways that cause more problems than benefits, for example, we dont have defenders with the ball playing capabilities to play out from the back, and the shape of the midfield 3 seems to leave it further exposed.

The last comment seems unnecessary, who has claimed that the game was postponed seriously because of Mowbray. If anyone has, its a ridiculous belief of someone in the minority.

Its not as straightforward as there being 2 camps, but I dont get why we cant at least hope for promotion even under Venkys, who nobody hates more than me. Promotion may be in spite of them, but it takes one good season, one good appointment, and why bother if you cant keep a flicker of hope of success even if it isnt entirely even logical or realistic? When we appointed Coyle, I was fuming but I didnt accept relegation before the season, even though I knew it was possible. I get what you are saying but sometimes a football fan dreams and hopes in the face of logic and probability.

I also dont get the fear of not being able to replace a manager who is clearly in a rut, surely if the argument is that Venkys couldnt possibly get better, how did they manage to attract Mowbray in the first place? Whether its pure luck, an agent link, whatever, it is not definite that we would find another Coyle, we could improve on a manager who was on the scrapheap before he came here but has done a good job yet hit a wall.

Thanks. Regarding the postponement go on to the Swansea match thread and you will see Mowbray getting the blame - apparently due to Sam Hart getting a 1 month extension on his contract.

We have a lot of young players and I think patience is the right way forward - I  have no sympathy whatever with those who post to the effect that John Buckley is not a footballer.

As I said the problem is getting that first goal - we are not perfect and I agree with you on the set pieces but those should not be a massive problem.

I think last season we got more early goals than anyone else.

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Mashed Potatoes said:

I agree with you on the set pieces but those should not be a massive problem.

They've been a problem as long as Mowbray has been at the club. He doesn't know how to coach defenders or set up a defence properly. 

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2 minutes ago, Mashed Potatoes said:

Thanks. Regarding the postponement go on to the Swansea match thread and you will see Mowbray getting the blame - apparently due to Sam Hart getting a 1 month extension on his contract.

We have a lot of young players and I think patience is the right way forward - I  have no sympathy whatever with those who post to the effect that John Buckley is not a footballer.

As I said the problem is getting that first goal - we are not perfect and I agree with you on the set pieces but those should not be a massive problem.

I think last season we got more early goals than anyone else.

 

 

The Sam Hart extension and some of the others understably aggravated a lot of people, especially at a time when the club was pleading poverty and not offering refunds. It seems hyperbole to suggest that mentioning this is directly stating that Mowbray was to blame for the postponement.

I personally dont rate Buckley, as much as I appreciated his goal on Saturday. I understand that he is young but I feel his weaknesses go beyond his obvious physical limitations and that he takes too long on the ball and doesnt appreciate the pictures around him. Praising or indeed criticising a player and the lack of patience you perceive the latter to be is not really relevant, this is a forum to share opinions on players. I dont rate Buckley, I wouldnt have him in the squad and I would loan him out. I wouldnt put money on him making a real impact for us but of course I dont rule it out. But that doesnt mean that people dont support him if he wears a Rovers shirt. 

I dont share your relaxed attitude towards our repeated habit of conceding first and especially the set pieces which is compounded by the fact that Mowbray has delegated this crucial task and hasnt seen fit to take control again. Both are signs backing up an inability to improve on last seasons results and displaying poor form, if anything these areas seem to be showing decline, not improvement.

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54 minutes ago, AllRoverAsia said:

IF Warnock had been appointed and given the transfer funds made available to Mowbray the we would have gone up and under Vs dire ownership model.

That's the camp I'm in. 

Interesting..

I think that the very act of giving back word to Warnock and Jepson, in order to install Coyle actually typifies the Venky's dire model.

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10 minutes ago, roversfan99 said:

I personally dont rate Buckley, as much as I appreciated his goal on Saturday. I understand that he is young but I feel his weaknesses go beyond his obvious physical limitations and that he takes too long on the ball and doesnt appreciate the pictures around him.

Please stop repeating that. It's utter nonsense.

 

12 minutes ago, roversfan99 said:

I wouldnt put money on him making a real impact for us but of course I dont rule it out.

Nailed your colours firmly to the mast there🙄

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7 minutes ago, Hoochie Bloochie Mama said:

 

Please stop repeating that. It's utter nonsense.

 

Nailed your colours firmly to the mast there🙄

I dont think he will ever be a stand out Championship midfielder but I would love to be proven wrong.

He often takes far too long on the ball which for me suggests that maybe he isnt aware of what is around him.

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3 minutes ago, roversfan99 said:

He often takes far too long on the ball which for me suggests that maybe he isnt aware of what is around him.

Or he's actually capable of more than a 10 yard sideways pass and is looking for a bit of movement ahead of him. Quality player is Bucko, he'll prove a lot of people wrong in time. Just not a right-back. Played in his more favoured position and scored the other day. Probably not a coincidence.

That pass against Wycombe tells you everything you need to know about the quality he has. Obviously you dismissed it as being against 10 men which was utterly irrelevant to the weight and timing of the pass. 

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39 minutes ago, roversfan99 said:

The Sam Hart extension and some of the others understably aggravated a lot of people, especially at a time when the club was pleading poverty and not offering refunds. It seems hyperbole to suggest that mentioning this is directly stating that Mowbray was to blame for the postponement.

I personally dont rate Buckley, as much as I appreciated his goal on Saturday. I understand that he is young but I feel his weaknesses go beyond his obvious physical limitations and that he takes too long on the ball and doesnt appreciate the pictures around him. Praising or indeed criticising a player and the lack of patience you perceive the latter to be is not really relevant, this is a forum to share opinions on players. I dont rate Buckley, I wouldnt have him in the squad and I would loan him out. I wouldnt put money on him making a real impact for us but of course I dont rule it out. But that doesnt mean that people dont support him if he wears a Rovers shirt. 

I dont share your relaxed attitude towards our repeated habit of conceding first and especially the set pieces which is compounded by the fact that Mowbray has delegated this crucial task and hasnt seen fit to take control again. Both are signs backing up an inability to improve on last seasons results and displaying poor form, if anything these areas seem to be showing decline, not improvement.

Interesting that when Big Sam came in to replace Ince who had Nigel Winterburn as his defensive coach, when Sam was asked if he was retaining Winterburn, he said “No I won’t because from now on I will be the defensive coach”.

That is an example of taking responsibility.

 

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6 minutes ago, Hoochie Bloochie Mama said:

Or he's actually capable of more than a 10 yard sideways pass and is looking for a bit of movement ahead of him. Quality player is Bucko, he'll prove a lot of people wrong in time. Just not a right-back. Played in his more favoured position and scored the other day. Probably not a coincidence.

That pass against Wycombe tells you everything you need to know about the quality he has. Obviously you dismissed it as being against 10 men which was utterly irrelevant to the weight and timing of the pass. 

It was a very good pass. My point if I recall was more that in a couple of games v 10 men when we was a few up, he looked at home, but I felt that in the other games he looked a little lost. He started v was it Forest and looked embarrassingly out of his depth to the point that I felt sorry for him.

I dont see how he gets in the team in his favoured position now that Dack is back. Surely a loan makes sense for all parties?

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6 minutes ago, roversfan99 said:

It was a very good pass. My point if I recall was more that in a couple of games v 10 men when we was a few up, he looked at home, but I felt that in the other games he looked a little lost. He started v was it Forest and looked embarrassingly out of his depth to the point that I felt sorry for him.

I dont see how he gets in the team in his favoured position now that Dack is back. Surely a loan makes sense for all parties?

Absolutely a loan spell. He needs football in midfield. No point playing him at RB and having his confidence destroyed. 

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It’s hardly unreasonable to question the spending on giving out contracts to players who never made an appearance that we have ended up sacking off. Or to give people a wage to use our facilities when they weren’t anywhere near the team.

Or, for when the club wouldn’t give anyone refunds and pled poverty. 
It’s all money that could have been used to help improve the pitch....

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1 hour ago, jim mk2 said:

They've been a problem as long as Mowbray has been at the club. He doesn't know how to coach defenders or set up a defence properly. 

Or keep the squad as injury free as our rivals.

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2 hours ago, Mashed Potatoes said:

I would certainly be prepared to give him until the end of the season. I know people are frustrated with things but I do think that there has been some improvement; right now our problem is getting the first goal in games - when we do we go on and win. We are a bit like Leicester in that we are at our best when the opposition are pushing on against us ; unlike Leicester we have not yet advanced to the position of making it more difficult for the opposition to get that first goal and having the ingenuity in midfield to open the opposition up to score it. However I don't think we are a million miles away - particularly as we have a lot of young players. 

What I am simply not going to do is join those who find fault with everything - the latest being blaming the manager for a game being postponed.

To be fair though, it’s a hard fought race between you and chaddy to be mowbrays biggest fan. 
found your comment about getting first goal a little strange. If we are the better team and create the better chances then we score 1st, 2nd , 3rd etc. Stop conceding and we might win, but that’s on the manager to sort the defence and the mindset 

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4 hours ago, Mashed Potatoes said:

If we haven't improved defensively why are we conceding fewer goals per game than the last 2 seasons ?

I think this is as much accident or law of averages rather than some grand design on the manager's part.

I just think that having been in place now for 4 years and had 8 transfer windows at it, working our way through loads of defenders and midfielders sooner or later there will be a downturn in numbers conceded.  

It is quite clear that Mowbray doesn't take defending seriously or if he does is incapable of organizing a defence. 

Persist with things long enough or shuffle personnel countless times and eventually there will be stats that suggest improvement is being delivered.

In the end our league position, points total and number of wins all show progress isn't being made, and even if we end up ever so slightly higher or with a few more points than last year I don't feel that represents sufficient progress given the time he has had and fair wind behind him. Other managers have done far, far better in far less time with more difficult conditions.

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