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Posts posted by magicalmortensleftpeg

  1. 2 hours ago, roversfan99 said:

    Managed to catch just over an hour of another bore fest yesterday, watching us at the moment is really difficult but football is about results and to be 6th with this current squad is a minor miracle so fair play to Mowbray for that. Barnsley were equally poor and it made for a horrendous watch.

    Defensively we seem to be really tightened up, Ayala is a big reason for that. Lenihan was beaten too easily in the first half for the chance that Kaminski/a poor finish bailed him out with, and the full backs were fine, with Pickering settling in nicely.

    I would suggest that the current set of attacking players is as poor as I can remember us having however, they all allow the majority of games to pass them by without stamping their authority on them. Leeds look like that they have sent us a dud in Poveda, he was shocking not only when he had the ball but his attitude when he didn't. Dolan aside from one turn in the first half was poor again, not much of a football brain. Brereton is not a central striker as long as he has a hole in his arse, so clumsy and ungainly. And Buckley off the ball was tenacious as he tends to be but he doesn't do enough on it in the majority of games, repeatedly over hitting passes. Rothwell was anonymous too.

    Worse than Tony Watt, Chris Brown, Simeon Jackson and Nathan Delfouneso..?

  2. 6 minutes ago, matt83 said:

    Out of interest I looked up this season. Fucking embarrassing: 


    Thats including a bumper post covid opening day home crowd, wba who brought 2,500, a game where gave shed loads of tickets free to kids and as always counting absentee season ticket holders. Pathetic. 

    Those teams below us are all limited by stadium capacity, we are certainly not..

  3. 36 minutes ago, Boroblue said:

    How many other teams in this league are situated in one of the most economically deprived areas in the country . Have a catchment population of a maximum of 140000 with large sections of that population supporting Liverpool or Man Utd.  Yet our senior management after a Covid epidemic decide to hike up prices again and charge extra for entrance on the day.

    We can never be criticised for our support or as a club our achievements. To use the adage we are lions led by donkeys. 
    To complete this Jack built a stadium to match his dreams so don’t use the 20000 empty seat ms as a stick to beat us . If those in charge had lived up to the dream it would have been a success 

    Have I used it as a stick to beat us with?

    I was contesting the point that our attendances are mid-table. They are objectively very low in comparison to the rest of the league, if not the lowest.

    The reasons behind the attendances are a different issue. 

  4. 30 minutes ago, matt83 said:

    One thing I genuinely wonder (worry) about is we have a mid table attendance, presumably a mid table revenue that goes with it, mid table players, mid table manger, no proper executives, yet we lose £20 million every season whereas our counterparts dont. Where the F does it all go? Why aren’t we at least breaking even with a squad that’s got a significant amount of academy players. 

    Mowbray tends to extend contracts of players who aren’t good enough or surplus to requirement, the squad has always been too big yet simultaneously lacking, one has to assume those that are good enough are being paid far more than our mid table rivals. But a £20 million loss a year, how.

    This shambles is on the manager, but like every other manager he’ll waste money that isn’t his, but why the owners allow this is beyond me. Rather than simply being grateful they sign a cheque every season let’s try and run the club properly like a proper business. 

    Mid-table attendance? How many other clubs in the league have sub 10k crowds with 20k empty seats each week..?

  5. 1 hour ago, AllRoverAsia said:

    Waggott already knows why RoversTV are not showing full replays or any highlights,apart from a few YouTube seconds.

    It would cost £££

    How many times do I have to post that.

    Does it cost more money to show full replays? They show highlights with Rovers commentary on Twitter.

  6. 17 minutes ago, Tom said:

    Just read on Twitter that it’s our lowest Ewood attendance in the league in just over 30 years!

    It’s so sad. It has been on the cards for a while.

    The combination of covid, apathy after last season, an underwhelming transfer window and a pricing structure that is out of touch with the local financial climate has all led to this.

    Not sure what it’ll take to bring attendances back to pre-covid levels but there needs to be a radical re-think. Ticket pricing in particular has to be looked at after last night. 

  7. Forgettable game but decent result. Khadra looked very bright. Can’t complain with the start to the season. Need to keep this back 4 fit. Brereton had a shocking game but got the goal, almost Armstrong-esque.

    Attendance was concerning, we must have the emptiest stadium in the football league. Very sad. There needs to be a radical re-think.

  8. We got spoiled during last year’s transfer window. This is the counter balance. We’ve not had to find an out and out striker for years and, on a tight budget, we’re scrapping with every club out there. It doesn’t mean we don’t have a plan, it’s just the same plan as everyone else.

    The money was spent on Gallagher and Brereton. None of the credible names we’ve been linked with are much better. Armstrong stepped up, now it’s their turn.

  9. 3 hours ago, windymiller7 said:

    Is it just me, or does something not look quite right with that still - it looks like someone has moved the big screen to the corner between the DE and JW. I know I'd had a few scoops on Friday night but I'm pretty sure it was still in its usual place on Saturday & I can't think what else it could be. 🤔

    It’s the City Ground in Nottingham.

  10. 36 minutes ago, JBiz said:

    Just throwing money at something isn’t looking after it. Especially if you’re simply adding another 10000 shares.

    We where rudderless after Williams left, and Waggott is like trying turn the Titanic with a teaspoon.

    I can understand fans frustrations about the current situation but I agree that Mowbray and Waggott are just the tip of the iceberg. They’re the wrong people for the job and should have been moved on months ago but it’s the decision making (or lack of) above them that is the fundamental issue. 

    As mentioned, the club are in an awful financial predicament and there is no good solution. The same fans who are quick to point out the mess we’re in also  seem to be complaining at the lack of transfer funds or demanding that we throw more money at the players out of contract. We’ve got to draw a line somewhere and cut our cloth accordingly, even if it means Joe Rothwell leaves on a free next season.

  11. 28 minutes ago, EgyptianPete said:

    Was Mowbray actually after him, he said last week he hadn't spoken to the player, so utter BS again from Mowbray, agree a deal two weeks ago and dont speak to the player when a transfer is agreed, the guy is getting worse than the liar Kean, and that takes some doing.

    So you’d prefer Mowbray to explain our transfer strategy in every interview? Of course he’s not going to state exactly where the deals are at. Also, the clubs can agree a fee but if the player doesn’t want to discuss terms with us, what are we meant to do. Be reasonable.

  12. 12 minutes ago, Gavlar Somerset Rover! said:

    You could argue too that those four are our most valuable assets (apart from perhaps Kaminski - who himself only has a year longer left than them - and Travis). Insane how we find ourselves in this position. If we thought we were thread bare this year, wait until 2022-23!

    I’m not sure what the club can do. The players are refusing to sign new contracts (for a while now it would appear) and we’re not willing to break our wage structure. We’re haemorrhaging money so it’s understandable that a structure is in place. If the players are demanding huge salaries then the club are in an impossible position.


  13. 2 hours ago, Sparks Rover said:

    No it's not.  I said it last year before he was sent out. Hindsight is after the event 

    Saying we weren’t close to promotion is looking back after the event.

    Up until the collapse of form in February, promotion wasn’t off the cards.

    Either way, I don’t think Chapman would have made much difference and he certainly benefited from the loan spell.

  14. 18 minutes ago, Sparks Rover said:

    Yeah, I think we could have used him last season.  Not like we were banging on the promotion door eh?

    But that’s in hindsight. You’re not picking Chapman ahead of Elliott. He would have got minimal game time here. The loan went well and hopefully he can now contribute. He’s had chances before and not taken them so I don’t think we missed out last year at all.

  15. 8 hours ago, Sparks Rover said:

    I see what you did there....give it 5 games.

    Although I am a big Chapman fan and always have been since he was farmed out unfairly last season.

    Farmed out unfairly? Done nothing to suggest that he’d make an impact in the championship before his loan last season. Unconvinced that he’ll do much this season either although last night was more promising.

  16. 27 minutes ago, DavidMailsTightPerm said:

    7 points away from relegation. Taking nothing away from the effort the team are putting in - we have beaten 2 average teams, and got out of jail with our only shot on target in the other. 

    Having said that, confidence is a huge thing in football - just need a bit of luck at the weekend.

     If we beat all the average teams, what does that make us..?

  17. Great result. Travis, Carter and Ayala were very impressive. Buckley was everywhere and tidy in possession. Unconvinced by Dolan but he serves a purpose. As some have said, limited options seems to be working for us. We don’t have enough quality in the final third yet but there’s a grit about this team that we haven’t seen in a while. Important to get some set piece goals as well.

    Cant fault this start, best in years. No expectations for WBA but this has been surprisingly positive. Let’s see how long it can last.

  18. 34 minutes ago, tomphil said:

    Surely it is the only way to actually build for the future with a lower cost base.

    Instead bringing in loads of short term fixes and prioritizing them and their appearances is counter productive.  Finish 12 th, go around in circles every season wasting a few million in loan fees.

    When you get lads like Elliot as good as they are you end up building your team to suit them. They prosper and move on and you have to start again.

    This season should be about utilizing that 12 million quid strike force and our own assets. They need some help but they should be the priority not some kid from Liverpool or City.

    But that’s reliant on there being very few injuries and other than maybe 3/4, how many of our u23s are ready for first team football? If we got relegated by playing the kids every week I can guarantee that fans would be demanding why we hadn’t brought in more quality, even if it’s via loans.

  19. Really disappointed about the lack of match replays or extended highlights. They clearly edit the footage as they release clips on the club’s Twitter account. I only tend to watch interviews with new signings (ha!) so genuinely starting to question what I’m getting out of this.

    Definite downgrade so far on iFollow. If there’s a legit reason for not being able to share the highlights, fine, tell us.

    Also, why do they have a dedicated section on the website for ‘match highlights’ if all they’re going to stock is pre-season friendly footage???

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