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Fairly dire game enlivened by a terrific goal and an even better save.

Best game yet for Bell while Nyambe’s defending was mediocre at best: rarely stops a cross coming in and I though was AWOL at the back post for the equalizer. Travis is easily our best midfielder and I thought it a good debut for Rankin-Costello, certainly didn’t look out of place. 

Draw was a fair result.

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A draw in isolation like others have said is ok, although 6 pts off might be a bit much to make up for our really thin squad.

Probably have a better indication after our next two which are both at Ewood.

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Holtby having a scan on lateral knee ligaments apparently, Bet that will end up being at least a few weeks 

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2 minutes ago, Tom said:

Holtby having a scan on lateral knee ligaments apparently, Bet that will end up being at least a few weeks 

Our resources are very thin.

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5 minutes ago, Tom said:

Holtby having a scan on lateral knee ligaments apparently, Bet that will end up being at least a few weeks 

Tony giving the excuse-ometer a damn good charge as we speak.  Holtby's injury the day after the window closed will be referenced as frequently as Shakespeare.  

 

I seriously wouldn't put it past him referencing Tottenham not buying anyone in a transfer window and making it to the Champion's League final (and comparing it to our Jan).

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6 minutes ago, Tom said:

Holtby having a scan on lateral knee ligaments apparently, Bet that will end up being at least a few weeks 

A few weeks out, or a few weeks to set up the scan? 'Cos it took us long enough to diagnose Dack!

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My question is if there’s a muscle injury like that why the hell did they send him back on to try and run it off? Seems a recipe to make things worse 

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Be interesting how we lineup next week.

Buckley in behind the striker?

Or do we play Downing there with Johnson in with Travis?

I highly doubt JRC starts next week unfortunately.

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When is Butterworth back? Won’t be long until Vale is in the fray too at this rate.

Any manager relying on the health of Holtby needs a check up from the neck up. Quality player but will spend more time on the treatment table than playing, that’s been pretty obvious since he signed, has always looked 70% fit at best.

Watch Mowbray will come out and act shocked about the Holtby injury, and sight bad luck with injuries.

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11 minutes ago, Pedro said:

Tony giving the excuse-ometer a damn good charge as we speak.  Holtby's injury the day after the window closed will be referenced as frequently as Shakespeare.  

 

I seriously wouldn't put it past him referencing Tottenham not buying anyone in a transfer window and making it to the Champion's League final (and comparing it to our Jan).

Tony or Tosh? Who'd even know. 🤷‍♀️☺️

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18 minutes ago, Tom said:

My question is if there’s a muscle injury like that why the hell did they send him back on to try and run it off? Seems a recipe to make things worse 

Because we did the exact same dumb shit with Cunningham and that worked out swimmingly too....

Physios or whoever makes a call like that need to give their heads a wobble.

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18 minutes ago, MarkBRFC said:

Be interesting how we lineup next week.

Buckley in behind the striker?

Or do we play Downing there with Johnson in with Travis?

I highly doubt JRC starts next week unfortunately.

Buckley doesn't even make the bench at the moment so I can't see him starting the next game. TM seems to have realised he isn't ready.

Tosin and Nyambe had unusually poor games today. Lenihan and Bell (!) played well. I haven't looked back to see who the two that abandoned the men for the rebound goal were though.

Walton mixed. I feel he should have done better with the goal, but it's one of those that just happens sometimes. The defence were more culpable. Fabulous save later on from Rudy. Best I've seen him make.

JRC didn't scintillate, but did enough to show he fits into senior football already, unlike Buckley. I look forward to seeing him develop. Worked hard and looked to make things happen. Hard to say what impact the head injury may have had on his mental side of his game today, if any.

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4,4,2  next home game Gallagher  and Armstrong  up front with two banks of four behind them

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30 minutes ago, stinny1 said:

4,4,2  next home game Gallagher  and Armstrong  up front with two banks of four behind them

Sounds awful.

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In isolation this is a good result away to a team unbeaten at home in 8 games; the problem is it leaves us 6 points off the playoffs (albeit also 8 off 3rd) and puts a helluva lot of pressure on beating Fulham (that 3rd team, also in good form) next week.

There's still a lot of drama to play out yet over the next few months. I don't think we should be defeatist like a lot seem to be (admittedly  somewhat understandably after yesterday), especially if we can get 4 out of 6 points in the next 2 home games.

Holtby's injury is of course yet another setback in the "artists" section of the team. It's sounding like he'll be out a similar period of time to Rothwell, at least. 

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On 30/01/2020 at 23:07, Ossydave said:

Stats point to a 1-1 here folks. Not an absolute disaster by any means really but not much use if we're serious about any top 6 ambitions 

I really hope he does unleash JRC after bigging him up so much recently, I do however find it had to imagine sadly...

Not so far off

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3 hours ago, matt83 said:

Why so?

Sorry for late reply. Just felt Bennett was the best option given it was relatively early in the game - meant we still had options for all positions/situations.

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1 hour ago, bluebruce said:

Buckley doesn't even make the bench at the moment so I can't see him starting the next game. TM seems to have realised he isn't ready.

Tosin and Nyambe had unusually poor games today. Lenihan and Bell (!) played well. I haven't looked back to see who the two that abandoned the men for the rebound goal were though.

Walton mixed. I feel he should have done better with the goal, but it's one of those that just happens sometimes. The defence were more culpable. Fabulous save later on from Rudy. Best I've seen him make.

JRC didn't scintillate, but did enough to show he fits into senior football already, unlike Buckley. I look forward to seeing him develop. Worked hard and looked to make things happen. Hard to say what impact the head injury may have had on his mental side of his game today, if any.

Mental side id worry more about how he will adapt to playing centre half or left back.

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1 hour ago, Gavlar Somerset Rover! said:

Judging by the highlights we were lucky not to lose at least 5-1.

Judging from the side of the pitch a draw was a fair result.

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9 minutes ago, only2garners said:

Judging from the side of the pitch a draw was a fair result.

Sky left out 4 or 5 good chances for Rovers out of the highlights then.

And they have seriously massaged the stats...

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Boro did have plenty of shots but quite a few were speculative and miles away. In the first half Rovers had a few scrambles in the box which probably haven't been counted as shots but could easily have led to a goal.

Lies, damned lies and statistics.

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I’d of taken a draw at the start of the game. 3 winnable games coming up, should have a better idea where we stand at the end of the Charlton game.

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