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About schoey

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  1. 5 from 9 over Christmas with a bout of norovirus in the squad isn't the end of the world, but could have done with 9 from 9 to properly keep the pressure on Wigan and Shrewsbury. Still all to play for in the new year and we go in to the transfer window knowing we need 3 new faces at least to ensure we carry on a promotion push.
  2. Northampton Town v Rovers

    #Rovers: Raya, Nyambe, Mulgrew (c), Downing, Williams, Smallwood, Whittingham, Antonsson, Dack, Conway, Graham. Subs: Leutwiler, Caddis, Ward, Hart, Harper, Tomlinson, Nuttall.
  3. Blackpool away

    To be fair on the occasions it happened it tended to be Delfounso and their full back/winger outnumbering him and him looking a little lost as to whether to press the ball or stay with his man (not sure if Delfounso was up front...they didn't have the screen working to show the teams and phone signal was shocking so couldn't check who was playing for them). As I say he did make a few critical blocks/interceptions though, but wouldn't have been surprised if Caddis had come on for the second half. He stuck to his job though and didn't let his head go down too much, probably could have done with Bennett and Downing being a little more supportive with him.
  4. Blackpool away

    Just got back from the game, was only my 2nd time seeing us play live following the Bury away game. Thought we played some good stuff and barring a few decent saves from their keeper could have had a couple more. We once again had at least 3 occasions where we just totally switched off, two of which they scored from (first looked a combination of Nyambe losing his man/Smallwood or Downing not tracking the runner, the second we just seemed to stand off and not really bother to try and put a challenge in until they were in the box shooting and scoring). I've given Nyambe the benefit of the doubt before but tonight I think he was exposed by Delfounso and their full back on numerous occasions, the first coming directly from the kick off. At one point in the first half he was running around like a headless chicken, although at times he was left outnumbered when Blackpool broke. He settled a bit in the second half, but overall seemed to have a shaky game despite also putting in a few decent challenges and making a couple of important blocks. I'm not really sure what Whittingham brings to the team? Undoubtedly he's got the skill, it just doesn't seem like he's applying himself that well during games. Nearly every time he got the ball tonight it seemed as though he slowed us down and made the move lose any momentum. He loves a good sideways pass too. As a few posters have noted he looks a little like he thinks he's too good to play in this league, but instead of following Mulgrew's example and knuckling down he's just letting everything pass him by. Thought in his brief cameo Harper looked a lot better and could be pushing him for a start in the next game. That aside we really can't complain too much with 12 from 12 and seemingly scoring freely. Hopefully the form can continue and Wigan/Shrewsbury drop some more points to make it interesting going in to the Christmas fixtures.
  5. 📰 #Rovers v Bury: Raya, Nyambe, Downing, Mulgrew (c), Williams, Smallwood, Whittingham, Bennett, Antonsson, Dack, Nuttall.
  6. ROVERS v Fleetwood

    64' - Goal. #Rovers 1 Fleetwood 1. The visitors equalise against the run of play through O'Neill, despite an initial save from Raya.
  7. Oldham away

    The teams are in! ⬇️ #Rovers: Raya, Caddis, Ward, Mulgrew (c), Williams, Smallwood, Whittingham, Conway, Bennett, Antonsson, Samuel.
  8. Shrewsbury Away

    71mins: Triple Rovers change. Marcus Antonsson for Danny Graham, Harry Chapman for Elliott Bennett and Peter Whittingham for Corry Evans 1-0
  9. Shrewsbury Away

    1-0 Shrewsbury...
  10. Scunthorpe United v ROVERS

    0-1 full time!
  11. Wharton

    Apologies, should have been clearer in my post...Wharton said he was sent out on loan because of the clause in his contract, not that the clueless manager didn't think he was good enough (have updated my original).
  12. Wharton

    Just to try and help clear the 'rumour' up about Wharton's previous contract...he was definitely due a weekly wage increase if he made another competitive senior appearance and said he was loaned out because of it. Was told so by my good friend who up until last season played cricket with him at Salesbury who he is still mates with (the club made him stop playing other sports at amateur/semi-pro level when he was included in the first team squad). i don't know exactly what the increase would have been but obviously at the time it was significant enough with either FFP or the actual wage budget after bringing in the wastes of space like Brown et al that we couldn't/didn't want to pay it. Luckily now lessons seem to have been learned from the Mahoney debacle and the clause as others have said may have been sensibly negotiated out with (you'd imagine) a smaller overall increase instead relative to his age and development. Also he has genuinely been injured up until now too in case anyone thinks he was conveniently 'injured' to stop him being in the frame for the first team...