Talking Points: Mistakes, moving forward and Mowbray


Daniel Ainsworth discusses three talking points as Rovers’ dismal run continues with a loss to Reading…

Defensive mistakes

In my post-match reflection of Rovers’ draw with Coventry City, the frustrations that we see with the supporters obviously comes from the poor results, but Rovers are often the own architects of their own downfall.

Rovers keep making mistakes and causing issues for themselves, and the defeat to Reading was no different. Harvey Elliott was facing his own goal and despite having several chances to give the ball to a Rovers man, he kept hold of it and was eventually dispossed.

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Former Rover Lucas Joao picked up the ball following Omar Richards’ tackle, and George Puscas was there to finish to give the hosts the lead.

When results aren’t going your way, you need to make sure you get the basics right and build from there. We’ve struggled to even do the basics at the moment and that is one of the first hurdles we need to overcome to get back to winning ways.

Moving forward this season

Regardless of whether or not it is Tony Mowbray in the manager’s seat come the end of the season, Rovers still need to be wary of getting themselves dragged into the relegation battle.

When a side is winning, these regular ‘three-game’ weeks are a boost and taking anything north of six points can see you rise up the table relatively quickly, but the same can be said for when a side is in poor form.

A break for Rovers may be much needed, but with five further fixtures left before the March international break, Tony Mowbray’s side will need to get a win to stop the rot, even though the fixtures do not look the most favourable.

Mowbray’s future

With each loss coming and the voices on social media growing for Tony Mowbray’s departure, it is unclear where the Rovers manager’s future lies.

He seemed deflated in the post-match conference, and frustrated of course, and I wonder if he knows the pressure is on heading into this relatively tough set of fixtures.

I still stand by the fact that Tony deserves to leave the club with respect and praise, but he does need to be wary of affecting his reputation. As the defeats roll by, more fans will remember Tony for the disappointing end rather than the memories he has given us – and the way the club has changed.

Rovers need to do what is best for the club, as I’m sure they will, to make sure we can reset and start the next season afresh.

As always, thanks for reading, and stay safe.

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