Talking Points: Rovers struggle going forward in QPR defeat

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Daniel Ainsworth discusses the talking points as Rovers’ unbeaten league run in the New Year comes to an end.

Does Elliott need a rest?

I’ve been a massive supporter of Harvey Elliott since he arrived at Ewood Park, but yesterday, he looked fatigued and tired.

He’s played non-stop since arriving on loan from Liverpool and he could do with a rest soon. It’s his first full season in professional football so any fatigue is understandable and I feel he could do with a rest.

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I’m sure, like every footballer, he wants to play every single game, but it is best we manage his fitness and condition to get the best out of him in the coming weeks.

Defensive improvements

Despite conceding, it is clear that Rovers have improved defensively since the arrival of Jarrad Branthwaite.

It was disappointing to see the backline disrupted with Barry Douglas understandably absent with family reasons; although I don’t think Amari’i Bell performed any less than Douglas would have.

It’s good to see Rovers have a solid defence now, with three clean sheets out of the five league matches played since the New Year, and with Taylor Harwood-Bellis waiting on the sidelines, it appears we’ve finally sorted out this problem.

Play-off mentality

As I bemoaned in my match verdict just after the final whistle, Rovers just can’t break that glass ceiling of the top six, and it’s becoming frustrating and typical.

Everything had lined up for us to finally make that leap into the top six. Teams around us had lost some games we’d expect them to win, we was in good form and everything seemed set up. But, this is Rovers we’re talking about…

We’re going to get a couple more chances this season to break into the top six, and I hope we take them for both the club and Mowbray’s sake.

Thanks for reading, and stay safe.

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