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    I'd welcome Sam Gallagher back; thought in the main he was a positive force and had a lot to offer. I could see him & Brereton offering some real good options in the next few years, either in isolation or in the same team. Add in Chapman on a free, Bauer on the cheap, and a decent bid for Reed & that would do me. There are other positions that need strengthening either as starters (LB) or depth (RB, GK) but I don't see them as priorities this window. This season is about consolidation with perhaps an outside push for the playoffs. Ultimately if we achieve a top half I'll be happy and it will set us up for a tilt at promotion next season. Yes we'd risk losing Dack, but the money we'd get for him would really help soften the blow & strengthen all over the park. I think that's Mowbray's plan and I think it's sensible in the grand scheme of things. That's not me not wanting us to settle for mid table mediocrity this season, but rather being realistic about our situation approaching the half way point.
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    Bradley Dack

    I'm inclined to agree with you bigdogg. Whether it be luck or good judgement he's got a handle on the Raos that no-one before him seems to have managed - which I guess is understandable if he can turn Cockney water into India Pale Ale; long may that continue!
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    Bradley Dack

    Losing Dack would not be the end of the world - for the right price of course. TM could do a lot with the money, assuming our esteemed owners trusted him with it (not a given I know). But surely he needs to be kept until the summerv(and should be happy to stay here until then), unless we're out of the playoff picture altogether by then, which is looking highly unlikely ATM. Otherwise the club would be giving off totally the wrong vibes to fans, players & the opposition, especially if it's to Leeds or WBA etc. - back to the dark days like when Cairney left for Fulham.
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    Bradley Dack

    Maybe mcmc started on the vino even earlier than me😂
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    Bradley Dack

    No offence intended of course!
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    Bradley Dack

    Ah good, glad it's not me that's confused, even though I'm on the vino earlier than usual due to the missus being away with the kids for the night! If only I had something better to do with my unexpected freedom...
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    Bradley Dack

    I agree on both counts, and possibly worth more bearing in mind the stats quoted above in comparison to Grealish, even without his overall performances being sparkling. But if his clause is £15m, we don't get a chance to accept or reject right? It's down to the player. So surely if we rejected it, either there is no clause or it's more than £15m.
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    Bradley Dack

    Didn't we reject £15m from WBA in the summer?
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    ROVERS v qpr

    I'm totally made up at today's result, what a massive victory to follow up on a tough run of fixtures! Playing the form team in the division with 3 clean sheets in their last 5, and without 3 of most people's first choice back 5 is a cracking result. I get people being disappointed at the defensive nature of the starting 11 but feel TM was justified in erring on the side of caution given the injury situation & lack of anything like a first choice back line. I couldn't get to the match but clearly it was a gritty, unattractive game where we stuck at it and reaped the reward. Long may that continue! Delighted for BB too, and in his interview he sounds like he's on board with the project - good to hear. 25 points from 16 games, 1 off the playoffs and 5 off the top - this is the stuff if dreams isn't it?? Sure it's not thrill-a-minute but to grind out results like this is a solid foundation to build upon and allow those injured & out of form to get back on it...
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    ROVERS v qpr

    Ideally the formation & personnel returns to something more orthodox this one. I'm sure it will; as a poster pointed out in the derailed WBA match thread, Saturday's team was chosen to do a particular job away at a freescoring promotion favourite, and but for 3 things that were beyond TM's control (1 if not 2 pens not given, a couple of missed 1-on1's and a proper in-match injury crisis) it would've worked. Arguably it did work despite those things; a point away from home is a good point, bringing 4 from 9 when 0 from 9 wasn't beyond the realms of possibility. We'll need to be very alert & professional v QPR. After a poor start they've hit some real form & go into this fixture above us. I know their fixtures have been easier than ours recently but that's not the point. They'll have real momentum, so we need to be up & in gear faces from the off. I hope injuries ease. Sounds like Nyambe might be back in contention at least, Davenport too. Not gonna predict anything else until nearer the time as a lot can happen in 4 days. Good luck Rovers, I can't be there as will be coming back from hols. Hope it's a confident performance & 3 points, but no complacency please!!
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    Nicky Marker and Ben Thornley

    He'd be sent off for that only if he'd not already been sent off for ungentlemanly conduct for showing his arse to the BBE before the match...
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    Rovers v Leeds, Ewood, 12.00 KO, 20th October

    I can't see 25k on but maybe 22-23 is the best we can expect. What we need to do is get at the from the off and do what we can to shut them 7,000 up. It'll be a tough game this, if that's not stating the obvious, but we've got to back ourselves and be on the front foot. They'll come with their usual confidence & swagger but I think it's brittle and they'll collapse if we approach this right. They've got a few injuries to cope with, plus yesterday they had Ayling sent off and Jansson ought to cop a ban for his post match comments about the ref, so they may be relying on a few square legs in round holes themselves - something we'll need to make the most of.
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    Bolton vs Rovers

    OK, so now we've reached the second international break let's take a step back and take stock. If the aim is survival, we're on track. If the aim is championship consolidation, we're on track. If the aim is reaching the playoffs, we're on track. If the aim is outright promotion, we're in a decent position from which to attack. Let that sink in. A year ago, none of us would have dared believe we'd be in this position, so I think we can be v pleased with where we are. Do we deserve it? Overall yes, absolutely. We got lucky today to some extent but that cancels out one of the 93rd minute minor disasters. If we'd beaten Ipswich but drawn today, we'd be in exactly the same position but would the sentiment from so many be so underwhelming? I doubt it! It's worth noting Wigan got stuffed 4-0 at bottom 3 side Preston today. Bottom 3 side Ipswich won at Swansea. Stoke won at Norwich. There's no easy or predictable games in this league!! Grinding out unconvincing points is a cornerstone to any team's success... Are we perfect? Hell no; we got a mauling on Weds night - but then Sheff Utd now sit pretty at the top. We're work in progress, building a team ethos to go with the spirit. TM knows this, and his post match comments show he's not resting on his laurels or taking anything for granted. I remain really excited about what this group can achieve with proper guidance, support & time; if we're in this position now with all the uncertainty / rough edges about players like Raya, Lenihan, Williams, Nyambe, Rodwell, Smallwood, Evans, Armstrong, Brereton, think what Rovers could be like in a few months' time once they have another 20 or so games under their collective belts... Roll on Leeds!!!!!
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    Ben Brereton

    My own take on Brereton. He needs to be given time by us all , all the skating he's getting you'd think he was a seasoned pro. He's 19 and has been here for barely longer than 6 weeks, of which 1 of those was away with England. He's here for what, 4 or 5 years? I don't think we'll start to see the real player for a few months yet, needs to get his feet under the table. What I saw from him on Wednesday night was something different to what Graham offers. He's tall but not as strong or game savvy as Graham, but he clearly has pace and intelligence. He looks like he wants to play off the shoulder of his defender, and made 3 or 4 arching runs but wasn't picked out by the man on the ball, meaning his contribution was worthless. If he keeps making those runs, he'll get played in eventually and can chase the ball down the channels or in towards goal, leaving space behind for others (Bennett, Dack, Rothwell, Palmer, whoever) to fill and support. I think once this approach becomes embedded in the team it will prove very fruitful, and add to our variety of play. As for the lace tying, he'd had his foot trodden on in a challenge, which seemed to dislodge his boot. So he had to take the boot off, then untie the laces in order to put the boot back on again and then tie it up. It took him about a minute whilst play went on around him. I think too much is being made of it by some who seem keen to knock him whenever & however they can. That's not going to help anyone, so I urge everyone not to prejudge him, expect too much too soon & just give the boy a chance.
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    ROVERS v Sheff Utd

    That was certainly the case on Wednesday I agree, and was amplified by us also not having Nyambe & Bennett together on the right side providing support, as we have done most of the season to reasonably good effect in most people's eyes. We should definitely aim to have more variety in our play though (I'll comment more on this in the Brereton thread later), and I'm quietly confident that'll come in time if we keep the core of this group together over the coming 12-18 months.

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