Verdict: Rovers shake off unwanted statistic in Middlesbrough victory


The statistic that Rovers haven’t beaten a side above them is one that has hung over this side all season. Well, not any more.

The Middlesbrough victory was far from a classic, and it was the match we all expected following the reverse fixture at Ewood Park, but when you need a win, you’ll take it in any shape or form.

After Dael Fry’s injury – which Rovers should have conceded a penalty for – Rovers dug in, and they took their chance when it came, with a well-worked team goal providing Rovers the chance to open the scoring.

What impressed me the most was the way Rovers handled themselves after the goal, and the triple substitution from Mowbray deserves credit. It allowed Rovers to get the ball up the pitch and hold it up with the likes of Brereton and Gallagher, whilst Dack provided that extra magic spark we needed.

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It could – and should have – been more after the goal as well, with Armstrong wasting a couple of chances, but the victory is all that will realistically matter come the end of the season.

But, this is all about backing the result up with another positive one against Luton Town on Saturday. Wins are all good, but we need to put a few together in a row to keep the play-off hopes alive.

The Riverside is a tough place to score – with Rothwell’s goal being only the sixth that Boro have conceded all season at home – and against a club with the third best home record in terms of points per game, it is a victory that Rovers should be proud of.

I wanted to end my little discussion of the match with a comment on Neil Warnock. As much as it should have been a penalty, it was an accident and to berate a young lad like Jarrad Branthwaite is embarrassing from such an experienced manager.

As classy as always, Colin…

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