Talking Points: Defensive mistakes cost Rovers

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Daniel Ainsworth discusses three key talking points as Rovers fall to a fifth consecutive defeat…

Defensive issues

Rovers’ defensive issues were summed up perfectly by Warren Lucy on iFollow commentary, saying something along the lines of “I’ve not seen us score a goal that I’ve thought ‘that’s a goal of the season contender’ – that’s exactly how I feel about Rovers.

Mistakes are part and parcel of the Championship, the defenders who rarely make them are playing for the better teams in the Premier League, but the amount we make is only adding to the frustration.

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All three goals in the Watford defeat were avoidable and come from schoolboy errors – although with two 18-year-olds at centre-back you can see why – and it is becoming tiresome.

The “defenders are coming” quote is one that will stick with Tony Mowbray for the rest of his Rovers tenure, and beyond.

The contrast from the early days

I wrote it in my verdict, and I wanted to emphasise it here, but how have Rovers changed so much since the start of this season?

It could be explained that Rovers are burnt out from the high intensity they played at – and presumably trained at – but we just seem lost of ideas at times and it’s not great to see.

The reverse fixture saw Rovers perform well, albeit without taking any points, but you can take positives when your side shows something.

A significant Saturday

Saturday sees Tony Mowbray take on his old side Coventry for only the third time since he departed the Ricoh Arena, and for the first time at Ewood Park.

It was a sour ending for Mowbray with the Sky Blues, and the Coventry fans aren’t the biggest fans of him or his assistant Mark Venus, so I’m sure they would like to get one over their old side.

Mowbray is under increasing pressure at Rovers, and if Coventry manage to take all three points here, it will only add more and more voices to the ever growing discontent.

Thanks for reading, and stay safe.

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