Verdict: Defeat leaves more questions than answers for Rovers

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As Rovers slumped to a 2-1 defeat to local rivals Preston, I was left with more questions than answers on another disappointing evening.

In all the usual Sky Sports build-up before the match, Tony Mowbray mentioned how he doesn’t necessarily pay attentions to formations, and we was shown just that throughout the match.

It wasn’t really clear what Rovers were set-up to do in a disorganised opening period, and it didn’t improve much after Rovers went behind.

When Ryan Nyambe was withdrawn around the hour mark, we saw Sam Gallagher moved to right-back. It’s not been the easiest of times at Rovers for Gally since his return, and this move would have done him no good had we conceded down his side.

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Confidence will bring Gallagher goals, and playing him in makeshift positions will only hamper this. We all know there is a player there, but he needs the best enviroment currently to bring it out in him.

And in the last twenty minutes or so, granted we’re chasing a goal, but there appears to be no plan B and that’s where it concerns me.

Sides will know what we’re going to do. It’s common sense to not let Adam Armstrong run off your shoulder because he has pace, or to not give Harvey Elliott much room because he can create issues.

Our job on the training ground in the coming days and weeks has to be to find a second way of playing. If we can crack that, we’ve a chance – albeit slim – of making a genuine late push for the top six. This team has quality, I’m just afraid that it’ll click too late and we’ll see this as a missed opportunity in the coming years – almost like we view the Bowyer years.

Wednesday’s trip to Barnsley provides Rovers with the chance to try and get back on track. It won’t be easy, but a reaction is required to dampen the ‘Mowbray Out’ calls, rather than escalate them.

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