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About grizfoot

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    That's because we are usually two or three goals to the good at that point in the game and don't need to rely on late winners. To be fair I can remember Smallwood's winner at Fleetwood and Armstrong's at Portsmouth both being late on that have gave us four extra point that we might not have otherwise had. Shrewsbury seem to get a late winning goal every week so I imagine they are top of the points won in last ten minutes of games table.
  2. Rovers v Oldham

    I know there was some obvious defensive mistakes in both the goals we conceded. But I'm going to give Oldham some credit for the way they set-up, played two upfront and pressed us all over the pitch, not many teams have come to Ewood and tried to take the game to us like that and thought their front two were an handful all game and our defense struggled to cope. In fact for that first half they out battled us all over the pitch and deserved their lead. It wasn't until the change of system in the second half and a brilliant free-kick from Mulgrew that finally kicked us into life. For me the wide positions are still a bit of an issue for us, Bell looks much more comfortable running from deep as a fullback/wing-back and not playing as winger. Payne is a lot more effective in the centre than he is on the wing, Conway and Samuel both look out of form, Antonsson and Chapman still injured, Armstrong again looks better upfront than out wide. Fair play to Mowbray for changing it up at half-time and getting us back in the game, thought Travis was especially pivotal in that second half turn around and might be pushing for a start soon if he can keep up that level of performance.
  3. The January 2018 transfer thread

    Think Williams slotting in okay at centre back has probably convinced Mowbray we don't need anymore centrebacks at the club right now. Presuming Lenihan and Mulgrew are both back fit shortly our options at the back look fine to me.
  4. VAR

    It certainly adds some good comedy value. How is it fair that this VAR is only being trialled in certain ties? Imagine your team gets knocked out of the FA Cup to a shocking decision that would have got overturned had your team's game been part of this VAR experiment. I feel like the technology will end up favouring this bigger sides because there's always going to be more controversial decisions involving those team because they spend more of the game attacking and borderline penalties like the one Liverpool got will always be reviewed and the referee will be pressurised into giving it.
  5. Northampton

    I'm not too despondent after yesterday's draw. Got caught on the counter-attack and conceded from Northampton's only shot on target. Totally dominated the game otherwise and our new signings, particularly Payne and Bell look really promising, both undoubtedly an improvement to the squad and ones who should be pushing for a starting place on the back of what I've seen of them so far. Add to that we saw a few players in different positions Williams moved to centre-back and looked very comfortable there, he might be a good option there and soften the blow if Mulgrew is out for a while. Dack was moved into central midfield when Smallwood went off and didn't look out of place there and playing him deeper could be an interesting option if we want to play both him and Payne in the same side. Still unbeaten, if we can maintain the performance levels and dominate games like we did in this game we'll be going up.
  6. ROVERS V Rochdale

    It wasn't exactly an exciting, attacking display of festival football but we did enough to get the job done. Can't help but think our impressive spine of the team in Mulgrew, Smallwood and Dack is dragging us through a lot of the games and making up for a lot of limited play elsewhere throughout the side. I think I've said it before but at this level you don't need to be an especially super side or play brilliantly to win games. Key is to keep it tight at the back and defend well. Do that and teams will always likely make a mistake or two you can capitalise on going forward and as it proved again with the two errors that led to our goals yesterday. The central midfield besides Smallwood is still a worry for me, Evans wasn't the player he can be yesterday (never seems fully fit these days), Tomlinson had one of his poorer appearances from the bench, Whittingham hasn't stamped his name on that position and Harper is a young lad on loan. We really need one of them to step-up or perhaps Mowbray will try Lenihan in midfield when he's back from injury. It feels a bit harsh to criticise with the team on such a good run of results but I think we all know we can play a lot better than we did yesterday. Plus there's still a worry if we lose one of the big players I mentioned we could start to struggle. Outside of Dack there's very little flair or creativity in the side and I would like us to sign another player to strengthen in this area in January.
  7. Crewe - FA Cup (Again!)

    I thought the rules were if the player makes an obvious attempt to play the ball and commits a foul then it's only a yellow card and penalty. But a cynical pull back or foul clearly stopping a goal-scoring opportunity is a red card. Personally thought it was very soft, Harper's barely touched him and he's gone down very easily.
  8. Poll: Mowbray - stick or twist?

    Corrected it for you
  9. Yeah I'm not a fan of Whittingham out wide, think we've tried it three of four times now and it's never really worked. If he did want to give Bennett a rest we've not got many other options out wide at the moment though with Conway and Chapman out. Samuel and Graham looked like completely different players when they came off the bench to what we've seen for a lot of the season. Probably fired up by the fact they are being left out of the team by a player who wasn't even in the first team squad until a few week ago. One thing you can never criticise for Mowbray for is that when he does get starting line-ups wrong he often makes the correct subs to change the game and get the win, and ultimately that's the most important thing.
  10. I think the officials probably thought it flicked off the Bristol Rovers player but it clearly hits Nyambe and then bounces down for either of them to slot in from close range. The one player in an offside position does make a motion towards the ball but I don't think it affects the outcome in any way but maybe that could be deemed as "interfering with play" and therefore offside would be the correct decision. Personally think we got very lucky there, no one in the ground thought it was offside and everyone was equally mystified and shocked when it was ruled out after all the players had already lined up back to kick-off.
  11. People have been clamouring for Mowbrary to give Nuttall a chance. He gives him a start for the first time in the league and we win comfortably 3-0 and yet people still complain! Personally think we might have finally found our best eleven. Antonsson looks twice the player playing from a wide position and he should stay there. Back four looks settled, and our defensive record when Downing has played is ridiculously good.
  12. Rochdale v Rovers Tuesday 7th Nov.

    Someone make a joke about this being the closest Jordan Slew has ever got to a Rovers first team side.
  13. Their can design is blue and silver quadrants not that far away from blue and white halves... I think all Rovers fans would welcome any new owners and investment with open arms at the moment, can't be any worse than what we have to had endure under the current regime. Lets face it football is hugely commercialised anyway there days it's only a matter of time before sponsored team names become even more common.
  14. ROVERS v Fleetwood

    Probably meant to be about the Walsall game a week on Saturday that has been postponed due to International call-ups.
  15. LEAGUE 1 2017/18

    To be fair Stoke chairman Paul Coates is a director at Bet365 and Brighton chairman Tony Bloom runs one of the most successful gambling syndicates in the world. So it wouldn't exactly be unprecedented for the betting world to have an involvement with football clubs.