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  1. wanderingrover

    Watford v Rovers Wed 21st Oct 7.45pm

    I’m predicting Mowbray’s selection rather than making my own but I’m also not sure if Dolan has come up against a decent team who play with WB’s (??), which may impact his selection here... If it were up to me, I’d have Douglas over Bell but I don’t have an issue with Gallagher for this particular game with Dolan/Elliott off the bench. Expect Dolan/Elliott to start again this weekend.
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    Watford v Rovers Wed 21st Oct 7.45pm

    Mowbray may have targeted this game tactically more than Forest where a new manager made planning unpredictable. Could see him going with something like below. Johnson/Evans picking up Pedro when he drops in. Front 3 to stay high as much as possible... Kaminski Nyambe Ayala Lenihan Bell Johnson Evans Holtby Gallagher Arma Brereton A point would be great if we could follow up with 3 at the weekend!
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    Rovers v Charlton

    Walton Nyambe Lenihan Mulgrew Bell Travis Johnson Armstrong Dack Gallagher Graham It's difficult to pick a team today but I don't think Mowbray will start with more than 3 new faces. The aim should be to break Charlton early and wind down the game with more solid subs (Evans, Downing etc). Wouldn't surprise me to see Dack finishing the game up top and Buckley in behind. Downing's position if he features today is probably the most interesting sub-plot for me. I'm going 2-0 Rovers and a relatively comfortable start to the season. Armstrong and Mulgrew.
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    Bradley Johnson Signs.

    That pass last night early in the build up to the second goal! Something we haven't had in that area of the field since Cairney
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    My view on Raya is that he did not improve at all last season overall - some truly amazing saves, but the same frailties remained. If he was that good, then clubs other than Brentford would have been sniffing... Whatever your views on Raya, it's not a surprise to see him leave considering he was dropped for the final 4 games of last season. Mowbray et al have surely known since that point that we'd be signing a new keeper so I'd be surprised if one isn't lined up and signed next week. In all likelihood, it could be someone who can play a bit as we progress to a new style of play.
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    Your expectations for the coming Season...

    Although improbable, it's not impossible that 2/3 of Magloire, Butterworth, Samuel, Davenport and Buckley could become regulars before long. Some of these guys were borderline good enough to get in the team that finished 15th last season, but are they good enough to get in last season's team that's potentially had a few new signings added to it? (side note: Maybe that's the context we need to understand our lack of signings so far...I have noted Mowbray's comments about how the youngsters boosted the stats on the Austria trip and read that as him being pleasantly surprised by what they had to offer. Could a Magloire potentially be better than a Pat Bauer? Could a Davenport potentially be better than a Bradley Johnson?) As for my expectations, I see us improving as the season progresses after an average start and tough opening fixtures. I believe we'll be in the top half at Christmas and hope we learn from last year's experience of that particular period. I'd be surprised if we finished the season lower than 12th, but would be equally surprised if we finished top 6.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    The Downing interest might be a smoke-screen for lack of progress with other targets, but I see it as an upgrade on Conway for very similar wages. Not a signing I expected or hoped for, but he's definitely an upgrade in terms of class, technical ability and flexibility on positions. Removing experience from a dressing room is risky business, especially as Conway seemed to be Mowbray's dressing room lieutenant (often acknowledged by Mowbray). Downing fits the bill perfectly for that role - from LT: I'm not going to argue with Mowbray's logic here. It would be a positive first signing for me.

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