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  1. Soaked to the skin in the airport waiting to go home, re living in my head today's game. It was a tense game 2 teams cancelled each other out for the majority of it. It took a bit of Chilean magic to get the points. This team are playing with a level of maturity way above their tender years. They are certainly not the best technically to ever wear the famous blue and white but by god they don't half put a shift in. Credit to our manager for this. Absolutely delighted with the 3 points and to get one over the nobbers. I was walking down the Bolton road after the game and the walkers in a box chant was loud and clear from them. Over and out now. Thats my last game until boro end of jan. Enjoy your Saturday folks. Ps, that was the best crowd I have seen in a long time. From were I was JW stand and BBE end lower looked full
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  2. We are having a good run. We've had them before. They've usually been followed by a much longer losing one. We all hope that for once, this isn't the case. Kevin Gallagher after yesterday's game summed it up well for me. Last year he thought we had a good squad. One that (in his opinion), should have had us where we are now. The fact we finished so low, did not reflect well on TM. IMO his body language and general demeanour last season, was appalling. Players left and the jury was/is still out on the summer recruitment. Gallagher predicted we would be 15th -17th this season. The words he used yesterday, were that Mowbray had 'stumbled' upon this current side. That does not indicate good planning, but by circumstance. I think most people, who haven't got their head up their blue and white arse, would agree with that. I have wanted Mowbray out. Yet at this juncture, it is churlish to call for his head. More than anything, I want Rovers to get back to the Prem. It's the only way we will ever move forward. One team always 'over- performs: and goes close. Let's hope this year it is us. Let's hope Mowbray has the best 9 months of his management career. As for your 'real fans' comment. I would argue that fans have always got behind the team at games. If the atmosphere has been dull, it's usually down to performance/tactics. 'Most fans stuck with the manager.' Can't agree with that either. I would say most wouldn't have batted an eyelid if he left/was sacked. They simply accepted that the club aren't/weren't proactive enough to do anything about it. My last 2 penneth. Yesterday, I saw a team with a lot of academy graduates (including a few genuine 'ones' of our own). Who fought and scrapped for everything whilst also showing some quality. That is the Rovers I love. If TM keeps that moving forward, then every credit to him. So let' just sit back and enjoy the ride. We've had little to get excited about for the last 11 years and you never know how much fuel is in the tank!
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  3. What are you trying to achieve here? There's so little value added by this post. Fans wanted the manager out when performances repeatedly weren't good enough. There's nothing wrong in being frustrated as a paying customer and applying pressure on a manager because you think the results aren't good enough, or that the team is capable of more - which they are now clearly showing. If a club didn't have that they wouldn't be a football club. If anything this also proves their frustration was right but no one needs to be smug. The manager is now performing, move on and stop trying to provoke people on a message board, it's mind numbingly boring. The Pears thing, any fan that has an opinion over the transfer would be stupid to change it over one save. On the surface this deal stinks a bit and performance wise it remains to be seen whether a fee will be justified. The only possible comment you could and should make about him after today, is that the win will be good for his confidence.
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  4. Dawned on me today that kids of Blackburn have real heroes again. The DIAZ chants are off the charts now and the roar when Dolan came on shows how much affection there is between him and the fans. Again we’ve (I’ve) often joked about Tony and his ripped jean manifesto but these hard working, decent lads are a great example
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  5. Whilst I don't really "blame" Mowbray that much for our relegation in 2017, it's worth noting that when he joined, we were only 2 points adrift with 15 games to play. All we had to do was beat the mighty Burton Albion in his first game and match there results over the next 14 games. So lets not pretend that the club was dead and buried when he joined, he certainly failed in his first task here. Going down to the third division was the best thing to happen to Mowbray, and the worst possible thing to happen to the club.
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  6. This is the most I’ve liked a Rovers team since the Hughes era, and that back 3 are amazing. Talk about grinding out a win plus a real class goal from nothing thanks to Bucko, Khadra and Diaz.
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  7. 100 of his friends, family & people from his town are travelling via ferry from Holland 🇳🇱 to Hull on Boxing Day to watch him play!
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  8. Wash your mouth out with soapy water, we're a long way away from the end of the season.
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  9. We don't need new signings this January, but we need to be searching for hidden South American grandparents for the rest of the squad.
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  10. Khadra has been whipping that devilish ball in all season and finally someone got on the end of it! It was a fantastic goal. Shout out to Van Hecke, he celebrated at the end like he has been a Rover for 10 years.
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  11. Personally, I don't care what Mowbray did or didn't achieve at previous clubs. It's what he does for Blackburn Rovers which matters for me. His last 3 finishes of 15th, 11th, 15th suggest to me that he's mediocre at best. The fact that we're currently in 4th place though is fantastic, something for which he should be applauded and long may it continue. However, let's not overstate what he's achieved here; we've been in a playoff position for 3 days. It's where we finish at season end that should determine how he is judged.
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  12. Before a ball was kicked this season, you would have really struggled to put an argument forward for sticking with Mowbray. Seeing the bigger picture was exactly the reason for replacing him and there was absolutely no way you, or any other of the "real fans" (as you like to call them) could have predicted this season going like this. Any support of Mowbray up to the start of the season has just been done on blind faith. And just to be clear, any fans who were calling for him to be replaced only want the best for Blackburn Rovers football club and have ambitions greater than a mid-lower championship finish.
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  13. Have to be honest. Been pretty much out of love with rovers for a while. Went today more to get out of Christmas decorating at home! Have to say I loved the passion from the players. Not a great game but they wore their hearts on their sleeves. May have just sold me a half season ticket. On another note, pleased that a good section of the crowd applauded that poor lad from Birmingham after 6 mins.
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  14. I think that's a big part of what is driving this team it's all new to a lot of them. Some are more used to regular games in front of a few hundred at U23 level so they are grabbing this with both hands and loving it. It's great to see some lads fighting for the blue and white shirts and loving playing on the championship stage at Ewood and beyond. Considering some of the passengers, dollopers and disrespectful egos we've hand in the last ten years i'm fercking loving this team !
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  15. Absolutely class result. Fair play, I've been as much as a Mowbray out as anyone but sitting 4th in the league, we really can't grumble right now. Let's hope January doesn't totally derail our season.
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  16. I’ve a feeling Van Hecke quite likes it at rovers. He’s an absolute animal!
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  17. One of the daftest posts I’ve seen in a while.
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  18. Would it be trolling to mention that Bucko nutmegged Whiteman in the buildup to our goal..?
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  19. delighted to win this game and take the 3 points. Rovers played the conditions and played very different to normal as the weather dictated how this game should be played. No risks to be taken. I thought the back 5 were solid, calm, resolute and commanding. The 3 centre backs were everything you want in a game like this. Pears had 1 save to make and he did. Apart from that nothing to do but he his handling was good. Very calm keeper. Rovers produced the moment of quality need to win the game by Khadra's cross and Brereton's header finding the net. Mowbray and the players deserved huge credit for today win. Final mention to the GREAT Rovers fans who was magnificent all game and it was great to see so many people there. just over 14k Rovers fans there. Great effort by all considering the weather conditions. COYB! 🔵⚪
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  20. They all crawl out after a win like that, lose the next few and there'll be no sign. Take no notice cheap point scoring is the BRFCS virtue signalling. There are those who'll stick with Mowbray/Venkys whatever they do and those who just can't take to either. Everybody has their valid reasons but the majority just want to see the team and club doing well regardless. Some just cannot seem to accept that.
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  21. And yet there wasn’t the ingenuity to take advantage, again. I’d have had the ticket office reopen at full time, Birmingham tickets £15 for adults anywhere in the ground, with the PA system urging people to go.
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  22. Just all round grit and determination there, which has been lacking for a long time. It was not a day when any football could be played, but every high ball was met with a Rovers head and the closing down was exceptional. Lenihan got the man of the match, but any of the centre backs could have. Brereton is not only scoring, but working as hard as anyone on the pitch too. Out for a family meal shortly, with amongst us my son and Grandson, who attended the match, so it should be a good night.
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  23. I couldn't care less what the crowd is, as long as beat this pub team from dumpdale. Come on Rovers.
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  24. ‘Big crowd expected’ the club tweeted. We really have some small time attitudes down there these days if 17k is deemed that…
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  25. Lads,let's stop this bickering and unite behind OUR club.Yesterday enthused me,first time since our promotion. Feels good.
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  26. My first game at Ewood for a while and my goodness have I missed it! Spent a fortune in the club shop obviously, attempted to get my 6yo a taste for bovril (broken hot drinks machine in JW put pay to that tragically) and jumped up and down like a maniac when BBD scored a just fabulous goal. I had Van Hecke down as mom, thought he was immense (although a couple of his clearances could have been a little more agricultural given the conditions!). BBD never stops running does he! Not a classic match but there was some grit and desire that we've been missing in maybe the last 11/12 years. At the whistle I could feel the team spirit and looking at the table...well, who knows, stranger things have happened
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  27. Absolutely buzzing after that 💪 Must admit that I was again worried that Kaminski wasn't named in the lineup, turned out it didn't really matter as the troops in front of Pears limited Preston to barely a sniff all game. The pitch had a huge influence in the game but to be honest all it probably did was stop us scoring more. Defence were all superb again. I had initial doubt over Pickering but he gets better and better, same with Van Hecke. Wharton has seemingly picked up where he left off before the unfortunate injury too. Perhaps a bit of a weird thing to say after a win but one of the most pleasing things to see was Mowbray throwing an absolute wobbler after Gavin Ward dropped another bollock. PASSION! Seeing it from the manager and players cranks it up in the stands too. Where the hell was that passion the last few seasons when he just slumped in the dugout? Icing on the cake is them gimps down the road losing their relegation battle making them joint bottom 🥳
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  28. Well its taken years but he finally looks like a 7 million quid player. 27 million if anyone is thinking of bidding. Get his name on a new contract NOW Pune if you are paying attention or Waggot or whoevers job it might be.
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  29. Personally the thought of a statue of Jack sharing space with one of Mowbray fills me with horror.
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  30. Which is fine but there was zero evidence to suggest that was possible under Mowbray based on his Championship finishes with us (22nd, 15th, 11th, 15th) which combined with regular death spirals and baffling squad selections made the idea of Mowbray being best for Rovers' ambition quite bizarre. There are very few people who were predicting we'd do well this season. There may have been a few but most were accepting we'd do well to get a top half finish. The emergence of Diaz as a goalscoring machine, one of the primary drivers for our success, was simply unfathomable before this season started. We're also only in December and there is a lot riding on what happens during the January window - mainly in terms of potentially selling players who haven't committed to new contracts. So there's little point anybody declaring themselves sages who knew that they were right all along just yet. If we end the season in the playoffs then fair enough, I think everybody would have to hold their hands up and say Mowbray did a great job this season whether we got promoted or not.
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  31. 18,000 fans make a big difference to Saturday afternoons!
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  32. Tell you what. I'll never be Mowbray In. But I can't be Mowbray Out on this run of superb results.
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  33. He’s the manager, if it feels it works then crack on. Only on brfcs can he be deemed ‘Moggasaurus’ one week and then given pelters for using modern management practices the next! 😁
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  34. Two things can be true at the same time: 1. Mowbray should have been sacked before, especially in the second half of last season. He would have been at any other club. 2. Mowbray's had a very good start to this lesson. 7-0 drubbings and losing 2-0 leads aside, we sit fourth with a decent run of games coming up. Do I think this is our season to mount a promotion challenge? Nope, I suspect we'll go on a death spiral at some point and end up mid-table then no doubt lose some of our best players on frees when their contracts run out. However, as it stands right now we have to say it's gone well so far this season so credit where it's due. End of the day, we want the best for Rovers and if, somehow, Mowbray really has stumbled onto the way to do it, then let's just enjoy the ride. He's obviously going nowhere any time soon whatever is said on here anyway!
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  35. I'll be honest. What irks me most is people saying that TM is a good manager. Now I think there's an interesting case for saying he is a decent manager, and likewise for a poor one but a good one - I can't think of one single argument to say he is a good manager. Consider his transfers, his league positions, the runs we have been on under him, the objectives he has had, his repeated managerial actions in team selection and formation. Even his past history prior to Rovers. I don't see how you can look at any of that and say he's a good manager we are lucky to have. At best it's he's alright, he's ok. One other things to consider on this. the context of TM as Rovers manager. No other manager I can recall had so many years where results didn't matter and sales weren't forced. On our two death spirals - I struggle to see any manager at any other club surviving them. No other manager I can recall had no sales forced for 3 years. That's exceptionally favourable circumstances which need to be considered when evaluating our finishes. It also needs to be recognised that anywhere else he would have gotten the boot. That is hardly the making of a good manager, much less a legend. Then of course there is the man himself. A born liar it seems. A man who told us the team were acclimatising to the championship - despite most of the squad having championship experience! A man who said fans expected 95, which not even the odious one said, and not a single manager has been compared to since that time. What a man. Not only is the criteria not looking great in terms of prowess, I've real reservations about the man himself. Of course this doesn't stop him being a good manager, but since he clearly isn't, it makes it all the more baffling as to why he is held in such high esteem.
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  36. I'm one of Mowbray's harshest critics, but he can not be faulted at the moment. That was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, Ewood was buzzing. Guts, determination and a dose of quality to win the game. Please Tony, don't start tinkering now. This is the best shot we've had in years.
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  37. We need to give a huge wage rise to Diaz, but put a release clause in. The number crunchers need to work out what. If he has the 12month option as is suggested and he knows we'll be exercising it, he may be happy to sign with the increase as long as he knows he'll be allowed to leave if a satisfactory bid comes in. That's the most important business we can do right now
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  38. They just make you worse?
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  39. Of course, a club of their size are not going to keep their away followings high and home ground full, when it isn’t cheap, and the PL novelty has worn off and you are just trying to survive. All fair enough, but they certainly didn’t want to hear it from us back in the day, as it would all be very different if we switched places…
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  40. I once remarked to Roy Keane that I thought he'd be taller. From his icy glare, I've never known such genuine fear in my life.
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  41. I think we are in dangerous territory with this match. Expectations at PNE appear to be at a low ebb yet it would be foolish to overlook their recent results including impressive wins at Bournemouth and Middlesbrough having trailed in both and also a hard fought draw v Fulham last weekend. Apparently - I haven't watched them play for a long time so can't comment as tv coverage seems reserved to West Brom, QPR and Derby this season - they are as dull as dishwater in the way they play. Some might see that as a negative but I think for sides of limited means that is the most sensible route to take in this division and is probably the reason they have kept themselves clear of trouble and ground out some decent results. You can be horrendous to watch but don't concede silly goals and hang on in there and you'll have a chance. I'll be going for a 1-1 draw here. They always seem to raise their game against us and I think it is too much to ask for us to win again now that we have got into a good position. The fixtures coming up over December are very attractive ones (Bournemouth aside) and a real opportunity to establish ourselves as a top 6 side going into the second half of the season. We have tended to struggle in these sort of golden opportunity games but I do have confidence in our home form which has been good this season.
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  42. They'll have to blow their own trumpet.
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  43. Probably not, but then it wasn’t us that was always giving it the big ‘un of how ‘if we were int Prem, we’d never take the pathetic away followings you B*stards do’. But as an aside, it’s notable that we consistently sell more away tickets now as a largely mid table second division team, a 1,000 minimum pretty much every game (north or south, even midweek), than we did in the later PL years (price, and consistent thrashings are factors, but interesting all the same).
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  44. PLAYER WATCH v Stoke City Each incident in the match was rated on the following scale: +5 GOAL +4 Excellent play +3 Very good play +2 Pleasing/good play +1 Decent play 0 Routine stuff -1 Sloppy play -2 Disappointing/poor play -3 Very poor play -4 Terrible play -5 Own goal The ratings for each player were then combined to produce a measure of the players overall contribution to the match. Ratings Key incidents per player = coloured stars Overall contribution = number Kaminski (55) ******* * 10 Nyambe ************** *** 14 Lenihan ***************************** ****** 33 Wharton ********************* ** 29 van Hecke ********* *** 11 Pickering ******* **** 6 Travis **************** ********** 8 Buckley ******************* ***** 24 Rothwell (72) ********** ***** 14 Khadra (67) ******* ** 12 Diaz ********** ******* 6 Pears (55) ** * 4 Dolan (67) ** **** -2 Davenport (72) ** 3 Highlights and Lowlights (A justification for the main ratings given above) 04 There’s not a lot happening so far. Kaminski just put the goal-kick straight out! It must be cold over there as Kaminski’s got his red longjohns on! 06 Vrancic receives the ball in midfield and leaves Travis in his wake. Eventually a cross comes in from the Stoke right wing and Kaminski takes responsibility. He gets a glove on it at the far post to push it well clear as a Stoke man charged in. He receives congratulations from a couple of teammates. 07 A good, strong, cheer-raising challenge from Lenihan sees the ball fly downfield at high speed. 08 Good, high pressing from Rovers. Neat back-flick into our half from Stoke but Travis stops that nonsense by pulling Brown back by his shirt! Lucky not to get a yellow card for that. Fortunately they stuff up the free-kick by fouling Diaz when it looked dangerous. 10 Wharton puts through a glorious length of the field pass into the inside left channel for Diaz to chase. The keeper comes out to meet him and from 20m Diaz tries to bend the ball round him with the outside of his right foot. Sadly it bends too much, missing the right post by a metre or so. A good run but, on his current form, a slightly disappointing finish. 11 More good pressing from Rovers and Khadra forces Stoke to concede a throw-in. 12 Nice distribution from van Hecke finds Buckley on halfway. He goes on a good run and squares the ball to Rothwell who tries a shot from 25m. It’s a poor effort and way off-target. 13 More good pressing, this time Buckley forces the hurried clearance. 15 Travis wins the ball in midfield and Buckley takes it up gliding past the Stoke man with ease. Diaz is in acres of space to the left but Buckley’s pass is poor and intercepted. Rothwell wins the ball in midfield and Travis takes it on before squaring to Diaz just outside the box. He nutmegs the defender who then crashes into him and both fall to the floor. No foul but the commentators are incredulous, Mowbray appeals with arms widespread. 17 Nyambe gives the ball away and Stoke attack. They make their way into the box and Lenihan gets his foot in, allowing Travis to boot clear. Dangerous….all stemming from that sloppy Nyambe pass. Lovely long pass by van Hecke and one of the Stoke defenders slips allowing Khadra to take the ball. He gets Nyambe involved on the right wing but the move fizzles out and Stoke clear. 18 Rothwell drives forward from our own half and from 30m slides the perfect ball for Khadra to chase into the box. He tries to lob the ball to the far post where Nyambe is waiting but a defender just gets the slightest of touches to put the full-back off and the ball bounces harmlessly off the top of Nyambe’s head! 20 Lenihan is winning a lot of aerial challenges. Here goes another one! 22 A long ball comes into the box and a back-pedalling Lenihan heads out but only to a Stoke player. Nyambe, Wharton and Travis are all trying to kick the ball out of the D but the ball refuses to leave! Finally, it rolls back to Vrancic who shoots but he doesn’t catch it cleanly and Kaminski saves comfortably. 23 Another nice long pass from van Hecke finds Diaz on the left wing. He controls well and lays it off to Pickering. Lots of players get touches but it’s not dangerous. Buckley gets the ball just outside the box and tries to glide past several defenders but he loses the ball and the attack collapses. 27 Rothwell picks up the ball on the centre spot and hares downfield leaving 3 or 4 defenders in his wake. He goes to curl the ball into the bottom right corner from the D but it’s comfortably wide. It would have been a fantastic goal but, in truth, it was a disappointing end! 31 Travis tackles from behind 18m out on the Stoke left wing conceding a free-kick. Kaminski punches the incoming cross clear. 34 Buckley receives the ball from a throw and goes on a mazy run through Stoke’s half before releasing to Khadra in the D but he is quickly dispossessed Khadra, on halfway, lobs a lovely long ball to Diaz near the D but he can’t control it and Stoke get the ball back. 36 Rovers are keeping the press on and the home supporters are baying their disapproval at Stoke’s lack of ambition. Great stuff! 38 A lot of poor passes going begging. Travis this time. 39 Buckley and Travis put in weak challenges in our midfield and Stoke move forward. Nyambe intercepts in the box and Lenihan boots clear. 41 We continue to hoof long balls down to Khadra. On this rare occasion we benefit as Khadra is fouled! The free kick comes to nothing, however, as Khadra receives and tries to beat one defender too many. 42 Rothwell receives on halfway and moves forward. He does a nice 1-2 with Khadra before feeding Pickering on the left side of the box. He crosses but it’s just too far ahead of Diaz. Nyambe chases and wins the ball and releases to Khadra but his cross is just too high. Nyambe receives again as we maintain the pressure and he wins a corner. Eventually it all fizzles out as Rothwell is caught offside. HALF TIME: not a great game of football but I enjoy watching our home-grown players (and the other youngsters) earn their spurs. 46 Lots of short passes as we work our way upfield until that one careless pass ends it all….Travis at fault this time. Stoke storm forwards. When the cross comes in Nyambe chests it down to Kaminski. 49 From a throw-in, Stoke work their way across field to their right wing. The winger cuts inside Pickering and Rothwell is ball-watching as the ball is squared to Sawyers just outside the D. His shot is low and may just have been going in by our left hand post. Kaminski got down well to save it anyway with a full length dive...but he’s injured himself! Corner! 50 The ball comes in and Nyambe is beaten in the air, it’s bouncing around until Wharton hoofs it downfield. The ball comes back and Vrancic on the wing teases Wharton as he approaches the box. Wharton can’t get an effective challenge in but he does enough to put Vrancic off and the shot, from the D, is well wide. Stoke are complaining that Wharton had the last touch. Goal kick. 51 Diaz controls the long ball and lays off to Buckley who tries to beat 2 men but is quickly dispossessed in the centre circle. Buckley chases after the ball and an attempted Stoke clearance hits him and bounces to Khadra halfway in the Stoke half. He controls the ball on his knee and runs forward with 4 defenders around him. Diaz is occupying 2 of them and, from the right edge of the D, he unleashes a fantastic shot low and hard into the back of the net. Out of the blue that one! 55 Kaminski hasn’t recovered from his injury so he’s off and Pears is on. 57 One of Rothwell’s trademark tackles from behind…..conceding a free-kick. Nice tackle by Buckley on our right wing sends Khadra away but he stands on the ball and possession is lost. Stoke counter-attack. Wharton prevents the cross coming in but it’s a corner. All eyes on Pears! Thirteen men in the box! Pears runs to the front post to punch the ball out of play. Good lad. But it’s another corner! They take it short but stuff up and Travis runs it clear. He lays off to Diaz who pushes the ball well into the Stoke half and it’s a kick and chase against 2 defenders. Diaz may not be favourite to get there first but they have to foul him and it’s a free-kick 30m out. Good stuff, that got the fans screaming! Rothwell puts in a great cross, Wharton goes up but it’s a fraction too high. It falls to Lenihan immediately behind him 1m from the byline, on the edge of the 6 yard box. He strikes the ball first time and I swear it’s going in until Chester, on the goal line, gets something on it to keep it out. Amazing! Lenihan and Diaz calling for a hand-ball penalty but they’re ignored. 61 Buckley wins the ball in Stoke’s half, drives forward and wins a corner. 67 Dolan on, Khadra off. 70 Rothwell puts a lovely long ball down the right wing for Dolan to chase…...Oh! Dolan is easily outpaced by the Stoke man. We don’t often see that! It looked as if Dolan was struggling! 71 Rothwell repeats the same pass to Dolan but this time he’s on his own. He gets a cross in but it’s headed away. 72 Rothwell off, Davenport on. 73 A few nice touches from Buckley recently. Here he flicks a throw-in for Dolan to chase to the byline but Dolan’s offside…...then he gets booked for holding on to the ball. 74 Nice threaded ball down the line from Nyambe for Dolan to chase and this time he isn’t out-paced by Chester. Dolan runs to the box, beats his man and is brought down. Yellow card for Chester. Well done. Pickering’s free-kick is too close to the keeper who collects easily. 78 Travis loses the ball in midfield and Stoke attack. It looks dangerous until Wharton puts in a fine interception off the toes of a Stoke man in our box. 84 Lenihan takes a free kick just inside Stoke’s half. He flights it beautifully across field to Dolan who controls well and beats his man. He runs into the box but his shot is disappointingly well off target. 86 Buckley picks up the ball just inside the Stoke half, on the right. He draws 3 men towards him before sliding a perfect ball to Diaz in the box. He only has the goalie to beat, from 12m out, but the keeper saves with his knees. Very similar to the situation where he scored the scorcher against Bristol…..but not such a tight angle. 88 Pickering joins Nyambe, both being booked for time-wasting at a throw-in! 89 Buckley sets off on a run but is clattered midway in the Stoke half. Yellow card for Wilmot. 90 Diaz booked for time-wasting. SEVEN nervy minutes of extra time! 93 Stoke work the ball forward and from 40m Tymon whips in a wicked, Buckleyesque ball on to the penalty spot where Vrancic (I think) meets it as van Hecke challenges. Pears had started to come for the cross and was slightly wrong-footed but he makes a great save low down to put the ball over the bar. Van Hecke let the Stoke man get the wrong side of him but maybe managed to put him off a bit! Lenihan heads away the corner comprehensively! He was fouled too. Rovers fans in full-voice now! 94 Diaz offside. Stoke launch the ball long, a cross comes in and Nyambe heads away. But it comes straight back…...Tymon on the Stoke left flights the ball to the far post where Fletcher rises to beat Wharton and heads square across goal …..it’s panic time in the 6 yard box as Davenport throws himself into the air and misses everything and van Hecke manages to kick clear. Stoke regain possession until Buckley robs Vrancic and sends Dolan scampering down the wing. Eventually Buckley runs it out of play near the corner flag. 95 Travis just fails to pick the pass to send Diaz clear. Rovers looking tired now and it’s boot it as far away as you can time! A huge roar erupts as the Stoke fans disagree with the Man of the Match award! 97 Full-time whistle! The usual nerve-wracking final few minutes but I enjoyed that. Rovers are turning into a proper, likeable (and young) team but still lots of rough edges.
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  45. Perhaps you can see Molineux from Pendle Hill
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  46. Would he have gone at a normal club last season? Yes, he had lost the plot big time towards the end and even he was pretty much asking for his P45 in interviews. But we aren’t normal, so all you can do is hope he learns from his mistakes - and he has us 4th going into December with a pretty small and young squad. You can only say kudos to the job he is doing this term, he has a hell of a lot of flaws, but he obviously has a knack of galvanising a tight unit of young lads and having them running through brick walls for him and their teammates. Is there a decision to be made at the end of the season? Yes, especially as we usually tend to fall away in the new year and revert to the mediocre mean, but he’s obviously safe as houses until at least May, so let’s just hope he continues with his back to basics approach.
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  47. He’s still alive, I’d say that was a result.
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