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Just now, Yonder12 said:

It's all fine margins, if you don't hit the onion bag then you don't win games. Very proud of my team. Not Mowbray biggest fan and I was calling for his head a few weeks back. So I will eat my words as I've got it wrong. Somethings clicked however I'm sure Brereton won a competition online to become a football, he has the worst first touch I've seen. He Goodwille MK2

Brereton's not quite the right shape to be a football, needs the Dunny diet for that.

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Just now, The Gull said:

First time on here in 24 hours, I’m assuming there was as a huge dissatisfaction with the team selection, then everyone got positive following?

cant be assed reading negative stuff before everyone went positive, but in short, what a great result and I’m assuming performance having seen none of it.

enjoy all 

I don't know why people put so much emphasis on team selection. Here's my devil's advocate...

I dreaded the thought of Bell being in the starting line-up. He played a blinder. Do I get heated up about him starting? No. Why? Because sod's law says that I'll end up with egg on my face! The problem? Vocal posters are filled too much with pride to accept that they were wrong, and will insist that "Mowbray got lucky" 🙄

I'd have gone with Bennett instead of Rothwell, given Rothwell's performances over the last few matches, and the fact that Bennett is our joint-highest goal-assistant this season. I wanted to see Bennett play further up the pitch to see what he could offer. Did he offer much? Not really! He was OK, and I think he helped Bell out, but that's about all.

See... We can comment, and we're free to do so, but it goes to show that we generally know fuck all when it comes to football management.

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Just now, Yonder12 said:

Esa es una publicación increíble. juego limpio para ti mi amigo

Feliz navidad !:rover:

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Just now, Yonder12 said:

So I will eat my words as I've got it wrong.

So did I, brother. So did I. Although there is a fair way to go, yet. 😬

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Mowbrays signings have been excellent, Tosin obviously and Downing, but you look at Johnson then today and his attitude to come back in and have a game like that after being dropped. Holtby, what a cracking signing too. A lot of criticism about Mowbrays dealings in the transfer market over the years, but he has excelled recently. Oh ya Gallagher too. Just great stuff. 

It's a pity we haven't broken into the play off places yet on this run, but if we keep it up there is every chance we will be 3rd going into January. 

Now,bring on the next one. Gonna be hard to pick the starting 11. 

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Fine margins - which is the beauty of the game. yes, Williams missed a glaring opportunity and for 10 - 15 minutes in the first half they were on top. On the other side of the coin, Gallagher forced a great save from their keeper and Johnson probably should have scored a second.

You could probably say similar for most matches in the championship. We took our chances, they didt. We looked dangerous on the break, they couldnt break us down. 

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Just now, Bigdoggsteel said:

Credit to Walton too. Dont care what anyone says, he makes me less nervous than Raya. Tosin and Walton for Mulgrew and Raya has worked. 

Still not sold on Walton at all, seems very slow to get the ball rolling for me and he has lost us quite a few points this season.he did have a solid game tonight though - so hopefully that continues. Agree on Tosin though - that guy gets pissed when he has to pass it back to the keeper or lump it long. 

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Just now, JacknOry said:

Still not sold on Walton at all, seems very slow to get the ball rolling for me and he has lost us quite a few points this season.he did have a solid game tonight though - so hopefully that continues. Agree on Tosin though - that guy gets pissed when he has to pass it back to the keeper or lump it long. 

It's from crosses I feel less nervous. There was the one against Preston,but generally he does well. That's a huge pressure off for the defence. That Raya Mulgrew axis just made me want to cry so many times :D

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Just now, Bigdoggsteel said:

It's from crosses I feel less nervous. There was the one against Preston,but generally he does well. That's a huge pressure off for the defence. That Raya Mulgrew axis just made me want to cry so many times :D

Distribution more for me and that was what some had against Raya - in my opinion Waltons is worse. not even close in fact. So many times he claims these crosses but he is never quick to release, get attacks going. Annoys me. 

 

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Just now, JacknOry said:

Distribution more for me and that was what some had against Raya - in my opinion Waltons is worse. not even close in fact. So many times he claims these crosses but he is never quick to release, get attacks going. Annoys me. 

 

Ya,could be better. Raya had a decent throw, but his kicking was awful. 

Between them they would make some keeper 

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57 minutes ago, Amo said:

You gotta quit it with this patronising, superfan claptrap everytime we get a good result. It's not endearing and only creates discord.

That's just a parody account isn't it?

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5 hours ago, roversfan99 said:

We have a winning formula at the moment, no wonder people are so annoyed. Essentially raising the white flag with that side.

What's the opposite of a white flag? 

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Fantastic result cheered me up no end after a depressing week. Shame the Tory voters down the road won though 

Looking forward immensely to the Wigan game let’s hope we can keep this run going 

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Just now, JacknOry said:

Distribution more for me and that was what some had against Raya - in my opinion Waltons is worse. not even close in fact. So many times he claims these crosses but he is never quick to release, get attacks going. Annoys me. 

Raya really worked on his distribution in his last year with us, but it was one of the lesser-told stories of the season. Right foot. Left foot. No problem! Ben Benson seems to get a lot of unfounded stick on here for some reason, but Raya absolutely improved his distribution at Rovers last season.

Simply put, Walton has a better defence in front of him this season. He is so much-more protected than Raya was. That's not taking anything away from Walton, but he seems about as commanding as Raya was - not very. That probably has something to do with age and confidence. Still, I agree generally with Bigdogg... Walton makes me a bit less nervous at the simple things between the sticks than Raya does, and to be fair to Walton, he has pulled off some great saves so far this season.

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Just now, Husky said:

That's just a parody account isn't it?

no, he was on Skype with Roverseas for one of his videos

i do love his passion but have to agree with Amo. Not seen many saying we were lucky to win - actually nobody at all  Fans will always criticis a lineup, be fickle - thats football on all forums. Most have held their hands up - so throwing in digs like that is not a good look. he himself admitted the lineup made him nervous.

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8 minutes ago, OnePhilT said:

I don't know why people put so much emphasis on team selection. Here's my devil's advocate...

I dreaded the thought of Bell being in the starting line-up. He played a blinder. Do I get heated up about him starting? No. Why? Because sod's law says that I'll end up with egg on my face! The problem? Vocal posters are filled too much with pride to accept that they were wrong, and will insist that "Mowbray got lucky" 🙄

I'd have gone with Bennett instead of Rothwell, given Rothwell's performances over the last few matches, and the fact that Bennett is our joint-highest goal-assistant this season. I wanted to see Bennett play further up the pitch to see what he could offer. Did he offer much? Not really! He was OK, and I think he helped Bell out, but that's about all.

See... We can comment, and we're free to do so, but it goes to show that we generally know fuck all when it comes to football management.

Thought Bell and Bennett worked well - Bell got forward a few times without it being scary.

Brereton does not look convoncing at all but together with Gallagher they kept Bristol occupied. If Johnson had buried that 2nd chance then Brereton would get more praise for today. That said he still looks like Bambi on ice at times...

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6 hours ago, roversfan99 said:

The next of which is in 9 days, plenty of time for rest.

We have a winning formula at the moment, no wonder people are so annoyed. Essentially raising the white flag with that side. Lets hope hes proved a genius at 5 o clock. 

well Mowbray was right. 

The white flag was raise within the Rovers flag flying high

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Just now, OnePhilT said:

Raya really worked on his distribution in his last year with us, but it was one of the lesser-told stories of the season. Right foot. Left foot. No problem! Ben Benson seems to get a lot of unfounded stick on here for some reason, but Raya absolutely improved his distribution at Rovers last season.

Simply put, Walton has a better defence in front of him this season. He is so much-more protected than Raya was. That's not taking anything away from Walton, but he seems about as commanding as Raya was - not very. That probably has something to do with age and confidence. Still, I agree generally with Bigdogg... Walton makes me a bit less nervous at the simple things between the sticks than Raya does, and to be fair to Walton, he has pulled off some great saves so far this season.

This is the thing. brentford fans are delighted with his commanding of the box - as his performance against us showed. I do agree that Walton has a better defence but I am firmly in the camp that Raya is the better keeper. Put Raya with our defence instead of last seasons and he would still be here. 

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Just now, JacknOry said:

I do agree that Walton has a better defence but I am firmly in the camp that Raya is the better keeper. Put Raya with our defence instead of last seasons and he would still be here. 

I've only seen Raya against us this season, but aside from a superb save against Armstrong, he look a little bit nervous to me, particularly on crosses.

They are both young keepers, and they are both held to high standards. They are both pretty good for their age when that's taken into consideration! I think both will have great careers over the next 10-15 years.

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Absolutely delighted after that a complete away performance. I was surprised to say the least when I heard the line up but those players who have been out the team played with a real hunger to take their opportunity and to stake a claim for their place in the team giving the manager plenty of headaches for his next selection.

Walton 7- Not over worked but dealt well with crosses and made what looked like a good save from a deflected effort in the first half.

Nyambe 8- Continued his fantastic form, he's always been very solid defensively but he is now growing in confidence going forward a couple times today in the first half he flew past the Bristol full back.

Tosin 8- After a dodgy game mid week he was back on form today.

Lenihan 8- Immense, won every header and made a great block in the first half as I think the shot was going in.

Bell 8- After quite rightly being dropped he looked like a different player to the one we have had for the last 2 years. A danger going forward including a good run to win the corner for the first goal. But it was his defensive worked that really impressed me he played with a fire in his belly, getting stuck in closing his man down and blocking crosses. Without a doubt his best performance in a Rovers shirt and by some distance.

Travis 7- Full of energy and along with Johnson dominated the midfield.

Johnson 9- Best player on the pitch, bossed the game quite literally from the first minute until the last, used his presence to physically dominate their midfield.

Holtby 8.5-  Showed real class today when in possession they couldn't get near him and had to resort to just fouling him. But he also showed plenty of hard work when out of possession.

Bennett 7- Is much better suited to playing further forward, where his positional play isn't as important. Also he can hassle his opponent but when he overs commits which he does do he has plenty of protection behind him. 

Brereton 5- Absolutely shot of confidence a couple times he got into decent areas but seemed clueless as to what to do. One plus point was that early on he went shoulder to shoulder with Ashley Williams with Williams ending up on the floor. Not a lot to get excited about I know but I am afraid is small pickings as far as he is concerned.

Gallagher 8- Worked tirelessly from start to finish, superb in the air and really deserved a goal for his performance which I thought he had when his volley produced a very good save from the keeper.

Armstrong 8- The perfect sub to bring on today with his pace and as well as his goal he also caused them plenty of other problems

Rothwell- Not on for long but was very neat and tidy in possession.

Also today the behaviour from their goal keeper to try and get Sam Gallagher sent off was one of the most embarrassing things that I have ever seen on a football pitch, it was absolutely pathetic. Although he is probably just reflecting the behaviour of his repulsive, squeaky little manager. 

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2 minutes ago, Bigdoggsteel said:

Watched Johnsons goal again. The keeper jumped the same time it hit the net. What a rocket! 

It was a cracking strike.

I really wonder what's happened here with him. I was expecting him to be a great signing, he started well enough and then his performances went down hill.

He was dropped and was out of the team for a while. Just poor performances? Attitude? Both?

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Just now, Ewood Ace said:

Absolutely delighted after that a complete away performance. I was surprised to say the least when I heard the line up but those players who have been out the team played with a real hunger to take their opportunity and to stake a claim for their place in the team giving the manager plenty of headaches for his next selection.

Walton 7- Not over worked but dealt well with crosses and made what looked like a good save from a deflected effort in the first half.

Nyambe 8- Continued his fantastic form, he's always been very solid defensively but he is now growing in confidence going forward a couple times today in the first half he flew past the Bristol full back.

Tosin 8- After a dodgy game mid week he was back on form today.

Lenihan 8- Immense, won every header and made a great block in the first half as I think the shot was going in.

Bell 8- After quite rightly being dropped he looked like a different player to the one we have had for the last 2 years. A danger going forward including a good run to win the corner for the first goal. But it was his defensive worked that really impressed me he played with a fire in his belly, getting stuck in closing his man down and blocking crosses. Without a doubt his best performance in a Rovers shirt and by some distance.

Travis 7- Full of energy and along with Johnson dominated the midfield.

Johnson 9- Best player on the pitch, bossed the game quite literally from the first minute until the last, used his presence to physically dominate their midfield.

Holtby 8.5-  Showed real class today when in possession they couldn't get near him and had to resort to just fouling him. But he also showed plenty of hard work when out of possession.

Bennett 7- Is much better suited to playing further forward, where his positional play isn't as important. Also he can hassle his opponent but when he overs commits which he does do he has plenty of protection behind him. 

Brereton 5- Absolutely shot of confidence a couple times he got into decent areas but seemed clueless as to what to do. One plus point was that early on he went shoulder to shoulder with Ashley Williams with Williams ending up on the floor. Not a lot to get excited about I know but I am afraid is small pickings as far as he is concerned.

Gallagher 8- Worked tirelessly from start to finish, superb in the air and really deserved a goal for his performance which I thought he had when his volley produced a very good save from the keeper.

Armstrong 8- The perfect sub to bring on today with his pace and as well as his goal he also caused them plenty of other problems

Rothwell- Not on for long but was very neat and tidy in possession.

Also today the behaviour from their goal keeper to try and get Sam Gallagher sent off was one of the most embarrassing things that I have ever seen on a football pitch, it was absolutely pathetic. Although he is probably just reflecting the behaviour of his repulsive, squeaky little manager. 

Ya,Johnson is a bell end.

The keeper look like he took a hard knock diving for Johnsons shot whilst the Rovers players were celebrating the goal, so maybe he got mild concussion or something. 

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