The FA Cup defeat to Doncaster was an afternoon full of frustration, confusion and plenty more emotions.
It was a relatively strong Rovers side from the off, but there seemed to be the same intensity or cutting edge that we’ve seen this season.
Playing without a recognised central striker didn’t work at all, and it reduces Bradley Dack’s influence on the match massively.
But, even as the usual match-winners like Joe Rothwell and Harvey Elliott came onto the pitch, there still appeared to be a lack of direction or knowledge about what to do.
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Social media after the match saw supporters question Tony Mowbray and whether he’s the right man to take us forward, which is a respectable question.
We’re coming up to four years of Tony in charge, and the team has improved. Maybe not as much as people would’ve liked, but we’ve definitely come on from the mess that Mowbray inherited from Owen Coyle.
But, the biggest difference from me is the way the club as a whole has changed massively as a whole, and that’s down to Mowbray.
Every single player cares about the club, the badge they wear on the shirt means something now. Gone are the days where we bring in journeymen who are coming for their last pay like Danny Murphy and Dickson Etuhu, and the likes of Stewart Downing and Bradley Johnson still fight for the club, when it could be easy enough for them to just collect their money and do little else.
The Senior Training Centre (STC) down at Brockhall has undergone a massive overhaul under Mowbray, bringing in the ethos and values he wants at the club, and that is something that often goes under the radar.
The results aren’t going our way, there’s no disguising that, but it’s not time to change managers yet. Let’s get through to the summer and reassess – rush into something and we could end up into the Bowyer/Lambert/Coyle era again.
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We are hosting a special live stream on Tuesday 27 July to raise some much needed funds for our charity partner 'Sporting Minds UK', who provide much needed mental health support for sportspeople.
There are plenty of prizes up for grabs, including a signed pair of boots from Elliott Bennett and signed shirts from John Buckley and Joe Rothwell.
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