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  1. DaveyB

    Rovers v Hull

    ‘Off the line’ may have been a slight exaggeration, but certainly blocked inside the 6-yard box with the keeper looking beat. Here’s how both teams reported it on Twitter (Hull seem to have got confused between Armstrong & Bennett)
  2. DaveyB

    Rovers v Hull

    Hull were poor, yes. And it's true to say that we might not have won so comfortably against a better side. But last night could/should have been 5 or 6 nil, and I'm not sure what else Rovers could have done (except obviously taking a few more of their chances). Certainly very far from a 'very poor' performance as you described
  3. DaveyB

    Rovers v Hull

    Armstrong in the first minute, Johnsons header straight at the keeper when he should have done better, Armstrong's shot blocked on the line by the defender - all three of those absolute gilt-edged chances which we should have taken at least one of. Added to that, Armstrong curled one just wide from the edge of the box fairly early on, Tosin headed one wide from a corner, Downing put one over from the edge of the box and also had a free kick that was saved by the keeper. Not saying that any of those were clear cut chances, but all were equal to the one where they hit the bar, and all better than anything else they managed all night
  4. DaveyB

    Rovers v Hull

    73 minutes of being unable to breach Hull’s back line... except for at least 3 clear cut chances, including 2 point blank saves from their keeper. We dominated the ball, nullified the opposition and created more than enough chances to have had the game won by halftime. If that’s not good enough for you then I just don’t know what you’re looking for 🤷‍♂️ I get that sense that it was going to be one of those nights - there was a point just before the first goal where I said that myself. Armstrong’s first chance potentially came too early for him, as you’d normally back him to tuck that one away, and a number of other promising situations in the first half seemed to fall to Bennett, who is probably the last player you want them to fall to, but, other than actually score earlier, I’m not sure what more Rovers could have done last night. To be honest, having been at both games, I’d say that last nights performance was more dominant than the 5-0 at Sheff Weds. The only difference was that the flurry of goals came late instead of early.
  5. DaveyB

    Rovers v Hull

    Feck me. I can’t believe I’ve just read that. 70+% possession, 26 shots, 11 on target, 3 goals plus at least 3 other clear-cut chances and a potential penalty turned down, all whilst restricting the opposition to long range pot shots and zero shots on target - what a terrible performance, Tony and the lads should hang their heads in shame. I realise that, like a few others on here, your dislike of Mowbray prevents you from being objective and seeing anything positive about Rovers atm, but by god you’ve taken it to a whole other level tonight and, as someone else has pointed out already, you’re making yourself look silly.
  6. DaveyB

    Premier League Stuff

    I think the determining factor is what the referee has seen and why he hasn’t given the penalty. For instance, yesterday if Michael Oliver has seen the ball hit the arm and has adjudged that the ball was coming too quickly and from too close to give the player reasonable time to get out of the way, then thats fair enough and there is no way that the VAR official can say he has made a clear and obvious error. However, if he tells the VAR official that he thinks the ball hasn’t hit the arm then he has obviously missed something and therefore made a clear and obvious error and the VAR official can talk to him and see if he wants to overturn his original decision. The issue for the fans (as well as the players and managers) is that, unlike in other sports, we don’t get to hear the conversation between the ref and the VAR official. If we could then I think that a lot of the decisions would seem much less controversial.
  7. I'm a big fan of the NFL, and particularly follow the Jets - I think it's in my DNA to follow a team that consistently underperforms and finds new and imaginative ways to let me down!! In fact this year I'm off to NY to see the game against the Patriots - I can't wait!!! (Although I imagine I will leave disappointed by the result)
  8. DaveyB

    Hull (A)

    I wonder if we might see 3 at the back - Tosin - Lenihan - Williams - with Downing at LWB If Tosin is fit then that’s what my fiver would be on - especially since Mowbray has talked about picking sides based on the opposition and Cardiff will bombard us with high balls into our box and so 3 CBs will be helpful, plus Tosins height will be important.
  9. DaveyB

    Hull (A)

    Maybe I’m alone but I didn’t think Bennett was that bad. Not great, but not terrible either. He struggled for the first 20/30 minutes, but then I think a lot of right backs will struggle against Grosicky, but I thought he got better and nullified the threat much better in the second half. I thought Gallacher struggled a bit out wide, but then it was his bit of skill that led to the free-kick that we scored from, so I guess he played his part. Travis is fantastic at hassling the opposition and winning the ball back, but I thought his passing was poor, as it was on Saturday too. Which I guess is encouraging as we know he can be better and we’re still winning. It’s been said many times already, but Williams is a revelation at CB. Could easily have won MotM in each of the last 2 games. And finally, I know we’d love him to start, but Rothwell coming on full of energy for the last 20 minutes is a real help when we’re winning. He keeps the ball so well and moves us up the pitch which stops us from being pinned back.
  10. DaveyB

    Middlesbrough (H)

    For me the two most pleasing moments were 1) Williams bringing down their striker late on when a couple of missed challenges looked like they were going to allow him to run through on goal 2) Johnson keeping the ball in the corner right at the end of the game Both instances showed that maybe finally we’re moving away from being too nice and getting a bit of shithousery into our team
  11. DaveyB

    Middlesbrough (H)

    On the evidence of the last 2 games (Fulham A & Oldham H) it can. That’s not to say that Bennett is a good (or even adequate) RB, but Nyambe was so poor on Tuesday there’s no way he has forced his way into the team
  12. DaveyB


    You keep making this claim about Graham playing on the left wing, but he didn't. He was up front with Brereton - Buckley and Downing were the wide players, albeit tucked in with Nyambe and Cunningham overlapping. Graham played slightly to the left, with Brereton to the right, but they were essentially a front two. He certainly wasn't playing as a left winger, or left mid - I just don't know why you seem to think he was
  13. DaveyB


    You’re right. I do remember that incident now. Still though my recollection of his time on loan with us is of him flying past defenders for fun, and he was a pale imitation of that tonight. Maybe it’s just my memory playing tricks on me and giving me unrealistic expectations, I just anticipated him having a bigger impact
  14. DaveyB


    Funny how people see things differently. Personally I thought Brereton was looking good in the first half, up until the moment he was played through and his touch let him down - after that his head seemed to drop a bit, but up til then he looked lively, good movement, looking to play some nice 1 touch give & go’s. I do think there’s a player in there somewhere, but as others have said it might be a confidence thing. If only his header had gone in 2nd half, rather than being kept out by a goal line handball, maybe we would have seen him grow a bit more. But I’m amazed that people are still putting Nyambe at RB in their first choice line-ups. I’ve been as critical of Bennett as anyone, but after tonight I can’t see Ryan challenging for that spot for a while. He was abject - his performance summed up by the fact that Downing overtook him chasing back for their first goal. Our play was slow and ponderous all first half and Nyambe was the biggest culprit in my opinion, forever turning backwards, taking 3 touches when 1 was needed- right at the end of the first half he screwed a clearance into touch and my son turned to me and said ‘At least he kicked it forward for once’ I was also disappointed in Chapman when he came on. He seemed reluctant to run at the defence and I don’t recall him beating a man all evening. Dack was the game-changer. We really do need to get him firing on all cylinders if we’ve got any chance of a decent season
  15. DaveyB

    Away Kit - Poll

    Personally I think the shirt looks ok and would probably be a good shirt to wear with jeans etc, although as a functional away shirt it is inherently flawed as it is too similar in colour to the home shirt The less said about the shorts and socks, however, the better 🤢

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