Verdict: Rovers’ February frustrations continue with Coventry draw

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Daniel Ainsworth gives his verdict as Rovers end a rotten February with a point against Coventry City.

February is a month synonomous with Rovers struggling under Tony Mowbray – the same month in 2019 saw us only take one point as well, the joint-lowest since relegation from the Premier League (August 2016 was the same).

The draw with Coventry can be described with the same word I’ve used for most of the matches this month – frustrating.

The visitors started strongest and despite not having much of the ball, they caused enough problems in the first ten or fifteen minutes to wake Rovers up.

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Mowbray noticed this and made a couple of slight tweaks that allowed Rovers to get into the match, and we saw that as we managed to take control and went ahead through a well-taken goal from Ben Brereton.

On a personal note, I was delighted for Ben. He hasn’t had it easy since he arrived at Ewood Park, but this season he has been up there for our most influential players and his fifth goal of the season means he is starting to show a little bit of what we expected – and he’s still only young.

The first half was a positive one, and I felt confident heading into the second, but that soon went when Matty James scored from Rovers switching off defensively.

This is where part of the fans’ frustrations come in. We’ve not been carved open by sides and we rarely concede, for want of a better term, goal of the season contenders.

Mistakes happen, and I fully understand that happens at Championship level, but the rate at which they happen gives Rovers more legwork to do each match.

There was a lack of urgency, even when Coventry went down to ten men, and that just adds to the frustration and tiredness surrounding Rovers.

Where the club goes from now is unclear. Mowbray is clearly under pressure and the voices and concerns only grow louder as each disappointing result happens.

As I wrote in my Watford verdict, we still need to be wary of sleepwalking into a relegation battle. I don’t think we will, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Thanks for reading and stay safe.

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