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1 hour ago, K-Hod said:

They’re rubbish and their league position shows that, though obviously there are no easy games in this league. 
Even with that said, we need to be taking the game to them and ideally, smashing them out of sight.

However, this is exactly the kind of game we tend to struggle in. 

Rubbish and yet there's no easy games?

Winning and playing badly isn't always a bad sign. Successful teams usually have a few games where they play badly and get the win. As opposed to playing badly and losing,

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2 hours ago, Doug said:

Always a worry this fixture and avoiding a defeat would be a relief for me.

We need battlers on the field as I think it will be a very physical match.

Wouldn't be the end of the world if Evans was picked instead of Holtby.

Walton

Nyambe     Tosin      Lenihan     Downing

Travis    Johnson

Bennettt     Dack     Holtby

Gallagher

I mean, you say it wouldn't be the end of the world, but I'm sure there are Mayan prophecies warning against playing Evans on the left wing...

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48 minutes ago, Doug said:

I really like Rothwell, but only when he comes off the bench, he rarely has the same impact when selected to start.

If he can turn his cameos into a 90 minute performance he'd probably be one of the first on the team sheet.

Armstrong shows up 1 in 3, another to come on from the bench for this one.

Tbf he can only do that given a run of games. One of him or Armstrong has to start on one wing

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Just now, bluebruce said:

I mean, you say it wouldn't be the end of the world, but I'm sure there are Mayan prophecies warning against playing Evans on the left wing...

Ha ha, that would be a strange one, obviously Evans in a DM position

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Isn’t it the opposite with Rothwell? Last season he got a run of games and looked the dog’s bollox. He doesn’t seem to do much in 15-20 minute cameos.

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1 hour ago, magicalmortensleftpeg said:

Shame we can’t get into the top 6 tomorrow but we’d only be outside on goal difference with a win so it would be another point closer. 
The teams above us aren’t going to drop many points. It will be a battle from here until May.

We can if we win by 15 goals or more! Come on Rovers, let's go for it! 🤣

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2 hours ago, philipl said:

One positive of the fans not having a clue what the side will be tomorrow night. Nigh on impossible for Cook to plan the Latics response..

That's been a philosophy of Mowbrays since he's been here and it's often led to the baffling and beffudlement of his own players and fans.  Something the opposition have seized on a few times, when it's worked like last week it's seemed more like stuck clock syndrome.

I'll be more than happy if he's more or less moved away from that ideology and gone back to something a bit more standard as the first option.  The best strongest first 11 that compliment each other and have been getting results let the opposition worry about what they know is coming at them.

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Just now, windymiller7 said:

We can if we win by 15 goals or more! Come on Rovers, let's go for it! 🤣

Surprised Mercer hasn’t already predicted it.

Edited by Amo

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Assuming we aren't going to win 14-0, we'll end up between 7th-10th after tomorrow's match. Obviously a defeat or even a draw would be disappointing to say the least, but I would have certainly been happy with that position at Christmas time before the season kicked off.

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2 hours ago, OnePhilT said:

Assuming we aren't going to win 14-0, we'll end up between 7th-10th after tomorrow's match. Obviously a defeat or even a draw would be disappointing to say the least, but I would have certainly been happy with that position at Christmas time before the season kicked off.

Indeed. Of the 9 teams above us, only 3 won last time out. That’s gotta be encouraging?

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A decent Christmas and we stay in the mix with a real opportunity to go for it in January. A test of Mowbray's willingness to progress and get us in the playoffs. Could be shit or bust time for him, if we don't make adequate moves (backline the priority) then I fear a similar February and March as last season.

Edited by Traviscon

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On 21/12/2019 at 02:05, Ossydave said:

Dack will 100% start and I'm almost certain he's gonna score too, he'll be chomping at the bit after sitting out last week.

A whole heap of expectation, an inflated crowd hopefully with the prices and many folk probably already off work and school. This is THE biggest test to date this season to see if we've turned a corner and can handle the pressure of being favourites and rolling a team over that we really should do on paper.

I'm looking forward to it but still in the back of my mind there's that horrible feeling it's a 'typical rovers' type game that anyone who's supported us for many years no doubt has! Let's banish those thoughts for good and put Wigan well and truly to the sword.

COYB 

Has that inevitable feeling does it not.

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Well, it's not like we are Anthony Joshua, so stepping in the ring with the Pie Eaters shouldn't be a worry, as long as we do a full professional job on the game. As with all games in this division, complacency and arrogance will bite you in the arse, so none of that please, Rovers!

My prediction has to be that we will conspire to choke, once again, demonstrating that recent form is no guarantee of success for any club in this shithole of a division.

On the positive side, at least we seem to have moved 180 degrees away from where we were towards the middle of November, when Mowbray was one game from getting the boot, and the boo-boys (including me) were clamouring for his removal. For the time being at least, Ewood Park seems to be a happier and more optimistic place - and long may that continue!

C'mon you Blues! (the away kit is still shit on toast)

Remember the Alamo!

 

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15 hours ago, Doug said:

Ha ha, that would be a strange one, obviously Evans in a DM position

So if it's Evans for Holtby but Evans to DM...who plays on the left instead?

Surely Evans for Johnson makes a lot more sense.

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13 hours ago, Atko's Engine said:

Yes, but also a warning not to take wins against Wigan, Brum or Hudds for granted. 

I think the Brum game will be tough. They’ll have had a few more days off, so will be fresher. When I think about it, I’m quite annoyed about how we’ve been shifted to Monday. 

Edited by scotchrover

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17 hours ago, OnePhilT said:

Assuming we aren't going to win 14-0, we'll end up between 7th-10th after tomorrow's match. Obviously a defeat or even a draw would be disappointing to say the least, but I would have certainly been happy with that position at Christmas time before the season kicked off.

If we win we go 7th no? Given that Sheffield Wednesday should be getting deducted about 100 points for what they did I'm going to consider us in the play off places...

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34 minutes ago, Displaced Rover said:

If we win we go 7th no?

Yes.

Win = 7th

Draw = 8th

Loss = 10th

Edited by OnePhilT

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43 minutes ago, Displaced Rover said:

If we win we go 7th no? Given that Sheffield Wednesday should be getting deducted about 100 points for what they did I'm going to consider us in the play off places...

Hopefully they will be given a points deduction for it, but it isn't a formality. I still can't believe what happened with Bolton and how they effectively got away with postponing a fixtures, as they knew they would lose it. 

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