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  1. Neal

    Attendances

    Absolutely. Something I've been saying for years. I don't buy this hiding behind mediocrity because we don't spend more than other clubs... Burnley and Cardiff spent next to nothing and got promoted. I genuinely believe spending large amounts of money in this league counts for absolutely nothing. Look at Dack, Rothwell, Williams, Bell, Evans, Cairney, King, Duffy, Gestede... All of them cost well under a million and would get in most other championship sides. It's a lack of ambition that's killed us since we went down, specifically under Bowyer, who squandered a very good opportunity with the best 11 we've had down in this league. It's about good, strategic and well researched investment and if that squad is has the ability to be promoted, regardless of the transfer fee paid, then promotion should be the aim. That said, I'm happy to give TM the opportunity to get this group of player established in this league but then the expectation will be the same as it always was. There is a part of me that is thinking that this might be the best opportunity TM might get, regardless if it is our first season back... The league is wide open and Dack may be gone next season leaving us with a big void of goals to find.
  2. Neal

    Ben Brereton

    Can't believe the negativity around the lad already. Judge him when he's had a good run of starts in the first team. I don't think there are many of us that would disagree that we could have maybe spent the money a little more wisely but folk need to remember that he's a teenager who's still learning and finding his feet as a professional footballer. Allow him time to find his feet here. I've noticed it seems to be a common thing for Rovers fans to do is to write off a player as "shite" if they don't impress for a few games, I've seen and heard it done to Bell and Smallwood already this season. For the time being he's going to find it difficult to break into this team but I consider that a good thing because when he does finally get his chance then he will know that he has to play to the same standards and what is required of him. That said... He is not Danny Graham, he doesn't have the same experience, we have to play to his own strengths.
  3. Neal

    Bolton vs Rovers

    I think we'll start to see Smallwood used more like this from now on. I've not really liked the stick he's taken this season but I can see why people grew frustrated, he's a limited player but his ability to tackle and press will be valuable as a squad player when we're trying to see games out. Going forward, we have players with more ability that will fit Mowbray's vision of playing possession football.
  4. Neal

    Bolton vs Rovers

    A bit glass half empty maybe? You get no extra points for playing well, although it is better to watch. I think not knowing his best 11 could, in some way, be a positive thing at times because it keeps people competitive and perhaps, due to the amount of options we have. It's going to be difficult for TM to pick his best 11 but it would be good to know what the spine of the team is going to be consistently. The only 100% starters at the moment seem to be Raya, Mulgrew, Lennihan, Nyambe, Dack, Graham... Leaving the rest to fight it out. So looking at it i'd suggest it's more accurate to say that he doesn't know what his best midfield is, considering that is where most games are won and lost it's something he needs to work out soon if we want to be more consistent. I'd be building that midfield around Joe Rothwell, he's definately the one that could fill that void of ball playing class that we've lacked since Cairney left.
  5. Neal

    Bolton vs Rovers

    I think we flattered Bolton in the 2nd half, their fans will be walking away from that thinking they're not that bad, when in fact we made them look a lot better than what they actually are... A poor side who have everything against a better side who performed poorly but still lost. I'm not too concerned about how we performed 2nd half because I've seen us play better when in front and and walk away winless. Sometimes you just have to grind it out. We will play better and win this season but I think that will only start to happen when TM knows what his best 11 is... One thing is for sure, it will be an 11 with Joe Rothwell in it, that lad is absolutely class, love watching him play. We should easily finish mid table, Bolton are relegation material, what do you expect with Jason Lowe in centre mid? He was absolutely chit by the way, first time I've ever enjoyed watching him try and pass the ball.
  6. Neal

    Rodwell signs

    What were they watching? That drag back turn yesterday was class, he won everything, hardly gave it away, looked physically imposing with great technique. For someone who's 6.3" he has great feet. Unlucky at one point where he flicked it over someone's head but ran out play. I was really impressed, looked loads better than I thought he would at this point. When we signed him Sunderland fans were saying how long it was since he won a league game of football, out of interest, does anyone know exactly? Edit: he won his first league game with Sunderland in Feb 2017, not sure he won again since, before that it was over 3 years without a league win.
  7. Neal

    ROVERS v Sheff Utd

    If Tony is a fair man then he should be looking at that performance and make the appropriate changes. Joe Rothwell deserves to start for a kick off and I'd be tempted to play Palmer instead of Armstrong who i'd either play through the middle or bring on for Graham.
  8. Neal

    ROVERS v Sheff Utd

    I think I'm a pretty fair poster on here, I've given credit where credit is due so far this season so here goes... That was as bad a performance I've seen under any manager, we looked void in style, method and ideas. How many touches did their lad have before he put in a cross unchallenged for their 2nd? I see this every week, full backs way too narrow allowing crosses to come in, nowhere near tight enough to the man. Rothwell should have started this game, especially with Bennett moving to right back. Mulgrew wouldn't have been my first sub and Brereton who was terrible wouldn't have been my 2nd either. Mowbray got it completely wrong tonight, worst performance I've seen under him. Too many long balls, it didn't work in the first half and I don't understand why Mowbray thought it would in the 2nd, in fact he should've noticed after 20 mins it wasn't working and changed it. Dack and Graham couldn't get hold of it or kept losing possession, we were absolutely 2nd to everything, chasing the game constantly. Joe Rothwell should be the first name in this midfield, head and shoulders above the rest of them when he came on. I like Harrison Reed but god knows how he got MOM, the only player that did anything worthwhile was Raya. Sheffield United we're a well drilled and organised side. No individual standout talents, but defended and attacked as a team, these are types of teams who get out of this league. They won the midfield battle and if you can do that at any level then you will likely win the game, they certainly deserved to win this game. I fear for us after this one, there was absolutely no positives to take from that, a very deflating performance and result that could bring about a difficult period for us. If I was really digging around for a single positive it would probably be that it's a good early lesson that sheer hard work will only take you so far in the league and that you need more quality and more than just a plan A. People may say it's one to forget which it certainly is not... It's a performance that needs scrutinising and studying if this group of players want to do ok this season because tonight was a real lesson in how to pick up results in this league.
  9. Neal

    Attendances

    Fair points. If the offers of £10 a tickets came in after Christmas though then ST holders will have had a half a season of games without being undercut. Perhaps don't go quite as low as £10 but simply match the price at £15. The main issue is that ST prices are too high in the first place but surely if we can focus on simply filling the ground as much as possible then it will make it a much more attractive product for next ST's? Just very much doubt Waggot views it this way.
  10. Neal

    Attendances

    Sometimes due to childcare I might get the chance to go last minute but if that extra charge rounds it up to a figure that I deem overpriced then I'll choose to watch it at home. I love Rovers of course but wether it's football or other products I choose to buy, I have a pretty strong opinion of what I think something is worth and if it exceeds it then I can pretty easily make my mind up. Championship football at any club is not worth more than £20 IMV.
  11. Neal

    Rodwell signs

    As far as sports reporting goes, this is the absolute pits, complete shite. I thought the lad did well. http://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2018/10/01/do-blackburn-and-sunderland-fans-discuss-jack-rodwells-performan/
  12. Neal

    Attendances

    It's changed my mind on a few occasions.
  13. Neal

    Attendances

    Out of interest, if season tickets were £99 what do all think the sales would be like?
  14. Neal

    Attendances

    Just to add, there are other things that can be done to generate revenue to offset the loss of ticket income, say when someone buys a ticket(s) they get a free £5 voucher to be redeemed in the club shop or on their next ticket purchase when spending over £30... Something like that.
  15. Neal

    Attendances

    Difference is we're not West Brom, we've been in a much more dire situation than them for the past 6-7 years and have 1000's of fans to win back and 18,000 seats to fill, the club need to be looking at that issue objectively but it doesn't take a genius to work out the answer is to lower ticket prices. As I said in my original post, we have to be more radical than merely comparing ourselves to other clubs as value for money, look outside the UK at Bundesliga and what they charge for a better quality product. We can't keep going on as we are, we need some new innovative ideas, starting with season tickets being something like £99... Before people spit their coffee out, to give you some perspective, look at this quote from a Brighton fan on reddit... "For the price of my season ticket at Brighton, admittedly in the most expensive regular section, I could get a VIP ticket at any Bundesliga club. Alternatively, for a couple of quid more, I could get the cheap season tickets at Bayern, Dortmund, Schalke, Bremen and Leipzig and just tour Germany watching Bundesliga match after Bundesliga match."
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