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  1. It's become painful to watch, yesterday was a prime representation of SG & BB's Rovers careers so far. Consistently play like headless chickens. I understand they've found themselves on the wing a lot but regardless, they've both had ample opportunity playing as and around a number 9 role. They cause very few issues to defenders on balls in to the box despite being something like 6'3 and 6'5. Rarely get head or foot to the ball and it's a breeze for the defender. When balls do fall to them in the box, they tend to panic and finishing is wild/poor. How often do they trouble the goalkeeper? Around the box, when needing to square the ball or link somebody in, again it's usually near post straight to the keeper or ballooned beyond everybody for a goal kick or throw in. It's surely a basic expectation to think your big money strikers at this level can at least cause a few problems and put themselves about each week? Playing those two to save face will potentially cost our season. If Danny Graham (15 goals last season) had kept his place, or at least been the man to step in post Dack's injury, i'm convinced we'd have more points on the board. He gives the defenders something to really deal with, scores an acceptable amount of goals against the chances that fall to him and knits the attack together by using his strength and first touch. I want them to succeed as we all do, and I keep hearing they've got potential, but after over a year of watching them both I'm really struggling to get on board with them. Whether the players are simply crap, the coaches are misuing them, they don't fit the system or whatever, something needs to change and click soon.
  2. On reflection, despite the opportunity we had, yesterday was the worst i've seen us in a while. Poor at both ends of the pitch with gaping holes in the middle. Lenihan is invaluable. Without his leadership, and with Bennett in Nyambe's spot, we're fragile as expected. The biggest frustration for me was the decision making particularly in the final third, the attackers played like puppies with zero footballing know-how. We got the ball up the pitch in to some decent positions relatively regurlarly but never threatened. They knew Armstrong was the only danger man, they stuck two men on him at all times, and that was that. We're still in with a shout, but not if we continue to play anything like we did yesterday.
  3. Yes, I’m going and paying on the door.
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    Stoke City home

    This would probably be my team too. Having two strikers buzzing around, with both a pace and crossing threat from the wings seems like the way to go against a team that might defend deep at Ewood. That's where the 4-2-3-1 has come unstuck over the past couple of seasons in games against Millwall, Wigan, Brum etc in which we dominated but couldn't create enough clear cut chances.
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    Agreed. Cliché, but it's a '14 cup finals' mentality needed if we're going to push ourselves up in to the playoffs.
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    Would you sign Christian Walton

    At the moment Walton is probably no better than an average Championship keeper. Regularly makes decent saves and has some sort of a presence. Seems to have a slightly higher than usual mistake rate in him and his decision making can be slow and costly at times. For that reason I'd be looking to sign better. As others have said, I'm sure we could do better for the same or a smaller price tag, with a keeper from the European leagues. Maybe even an older keeper knocking about over here. At 24 he's young for a keeper but we can't realistically afford the luxury of waiting (and hoping) for him to develop and cut out the negative side to his game through experience. That for me was the whole point of the Raya sale which made the Walton loan signing baffling.
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    Rovers v Hull

    Really starting to feel the lack of January signings now. Tombola team selection time. I'd like to see a 4-4-2 in the absence of a central play maker. Solid base, simple and hard-working in the middle, get the ball out wide and get it in to the box. Something like: Walton Nyambe Lenihan Tosin Bell Armstrong Travis Davenport Downing Graham Gallagher Same back line. Shame to put Arma back out wide but needs be. Johnson was very poor last game, Davenport is next in line. Toss a coin on whether to play Brereton, Gallagher or Samuel next to DG.
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    QPR (H) - Tuesday 28th Jan

    No arguments there, he had a good game as did everybody on the pitch. He'd gone a chunk of games without being a consistent threat beforehand though, hopefully he can start to sustain it because he's one of our biggest threats on his day.
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    QPR (H) - Tuesday 28th Jan

    Wouldn't change the last starting 11, assuming current fitness and no surprise signings. Off the back of a very good performance leading to a 5-0 win, don't see a major need to change anything. I think JRC is one more decent impact sub appearance away from winning a start ahead of Rothwell, who has been quiet lately.
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    January transfer window 2020

    Loaning Brereton to Holland is a lifeline, we need to snap their hand off whilst an offer is there. Possibly the only chance we’ll get of recouping any money in the future. and/or getting any sort of player with confidence and developed ability. Serious questions for Mowbray to answer though, 7m unproven striker out on loan due to not being able to cut it, at a time where 7m should’ve been improving our starting 11 considerably.
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    Preston (home)

    Like this. Would also be interested to see how flexing it to have Armstrong/Graham as a front two with Rothwell (or preferably Holtby) playing in the hole behind as a 3-4-1-2 would do. We need to learn how to score more goals without Dack. An Armstrong/Graham partnership might work best with our squad, varying attributes to complement each other, not to mention Armstrong is our current (fit) top scorer, and Graham our only (fit) proven goalscorer at this level.
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    Probably, but leaves us with less of a problem and increased revenue potential during times of success. Will always be something for Town clubs to grapple with.
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    Rovers with 13k on within an immediate catchment area of around 150k people. Liverpool with 50k on within an immediate catchment area of around 2.5m people. Get them to do the maths!
  14. Another great result. The lads are fighting for each other and it’s ace to see. We are The Rovers!
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    Gareth Ainsworth

    Top of League 1 with Wycombe, 8 points clear of the team in third. Got them punching well above their weight, maximising their potential and beyond. Ticks a lot of boxes. Gets his tactics right, has consistency with his side and finds his best 11 avoiding unnecessary tinkering, does the basics well, keeps clean sheets, a proper game manager, brave, positive attitude, great character and a leader, commands respect, inspires his players, young and ambitious, knows Rovers, yada yada.... Will be managing in the championship soon one way or another. If only Waggott & co had any ambition or a purposeful vision.

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