Rovers’ point against Stoke is one that looked nowhere near like happening after a dire first-half, but netherless, John Buckley’s effort meant the sides shared the spoils.
The first half was poor, and one of the worst I’ve seen from Rovers in a long time, and that only added to the already growing frustrations.
Adam Armstrong’s ‘offside’ goal – that was most definitely onside – was the only bright spark of an otherwise dull first half, when Nick Powell had the freedom of Blackburn to head home.
It was, quite simply, a poor display of defensive awareness, and Thomas Kaminski arguably should have come and claimed the ball – although a number of saves afterwards made up for it.
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The two changes at the break helped Rovers come to life a little more, and when the likes of Jacob Davenport added some bite to the midfield, Rovers grew into the match and got their equaliser through John Buckley, who impressed me off the bench.
Buckley has taken a little bit of criticism on social media for a lack of physicality since his breakthrough, but appearances like today show what he can bring to the side off the bench.Embed from Getty Images
The goal gave Rovers a point, making it four points from two league matches in 2021, but does the draw paper over the cracks? It’s a tough one.
It was poor, as I’ve mentioned, and we should have been too far behind come the break to even consider a point, but we got that point so ifs and buts don’t need to come into it.
We need to remember one thing. Whether you’re ‘Mowbray In’ or ‘Mowbray Out’, Mowbray deserves respect for the job he has done here and some of the half-time comments lacked respect towards a manager who has turned this club around for the better – regardless of if he can
Comments were also made by Mowbray about the pitch. I understand his frustrations as we’ve spent the year bringing in personnel to play the passing game and the surface is stopping us play this way, but the team need to adapt if it’s going to be a while before we get a new pitch.
Tuesday night’s fixture with Swansea sees Steve Cooper’s side arrive at Ewood in strong form, and they’ll struggle with playing their usual style as much as us, so we need to make the most of the opportunity.
Hopefully we can pick up the three points, but not just for the victory, for Tony Mowbray as well to relieve some of the pressure ahead of Sunday’s meeting on Sky with Middlesbrough.
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