As Rovers fell to their sixth defeat in seven matches, Daniel Ainsworth gives his verdict on the loss to Reading.
The feeling at full-time was one I’ve become used to since the beginning of February. Frustrated and tired of the results and performances, and wondering where the club will go from here.
Rovers’ performance was not all that bad, and barring the mistake from Harvey Elliott that allowed George Puscas to score, we matched a Reading side that will be in – or very close – to the play-offs come the final day of the season.
But, following the goal, the outcome was almost guaranteed and that predictably is what brings the frustration and tiredness that we see on social media at the final whistle.
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Having the majority of the possession can only do so much, and Rovers aren’t creating enough with the amount of the ball they have.
None of their twenty crosses led to a goal, and despite playing over double the amount of passes than Reading (685 compared to the hosts’ 326), we failed to create more than a couple of real chances, slumping to another defeat.
Credit does go to Reading, who had clearly done their homework as they attempted to catch Thomas Kaminski out with his advanced positions from set pieces. They also kept Adam Armstrong relatively quiet and limited him to two shots, and that helped them. Reading showed what it takes to be involved in the play-off battle. A side that is resilient and takes their chances when they surface – just like they did at Ewood in the reverse fixture.
The general consensus around the fan base is that Rovers need to make a change in the managerial hotseat, and you could tell from his post-match press conference that he is feeling the pressure and his time at Rovers could be coming to an end.
Whether that is the case is another story, and I’ll back Tony for the rest of his career here – like I have and will whoever is in the Rovers hotseat for as long as I’m supporting this club.
Thanks for reading, and stay safe.