After Rovers slipped to their fifth successive defeat against Watford, Daniel Ainsworth gives his verdict on another disappointing evening.
From the side that we saw in the reverse fixture, the current playing style and performances seem a world away from the early season optimism.
Back in September and October, Rovers were winning matches, and playing well in the ones that they did lose, but we seem a world away from back then.
Only four teams have picked up less points (14) than Rovers in the last fifteen matches, with Tony Mowbray’s side only registering four victories within that time period.
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The frustration is evidently growing in the fan base, and Ewood is one place I wouldn’t have liked to have experienced this evening as I don’t want to see the toxic environment like we have experienced with other managers – whom will go unnamed – in the last ten years.
As I wrote in my Nottingham Forest verdict, Mowbray deserves praise for the job he has done with the club, but I feel as each defeat comes, the supporters will remember the disappointing times over the good times and the positive work that Mowbray has done with the club.
Where the club goes next is unknown. With the amount of investment needed with the training pitch and the playing squad, coupled with the lack of supporters over the past eleven months or so, money is understandably tight and that will need to be considered should Mowbray be replaced.
It is unclear what the immediate future holds, but Rovers need to be wary of sleepwalking into a relegation battle. We know how quickly this league changes, and if sides keep picking up points and closing the gap, the pressure only builds. We should have enough talent to escape it, but it is something to be wary of,
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