Daniel Ainsworth discusses the talking points from Rovers’ 2-0 win away to Millwall…
As the line-ups were announced on social media an hour before kick-off, many questions were asked about Tyrhys Dolan’s effectiveness against a Millwall back-line that contained the likes of towering defender Jake Cooper.
Dolan has had a season no one could have predicted when he walked through the door in the summer, and his continued involvement in the first-team is testament to the work he puts in every single week, regardless of the minutes he gets off the bench.
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The 18-year-old had a stand-out performance, leading the line very well, and only a goal would have put the icing on the cake in terms of his performance. His relentless running and the pressure he put on the Millwall backline was a key component of Rovers’ victory.
Now, Dolan deserves a run in the team ahead of what could be a huge season for the young forward next season.
Tactics – praise and thoughts
Tony Mowbray has come under plenty of scrutiny and criticism on social media over the seven-match run without a win – and rightly so.
We all looked at the line-up and queried a number of selections, but the line-up proved to be absolutely spot on and so Mowbray deserves the praise – and I’m happy to hold my hands up and admit that I didn’t expect much when the team news was announced.
It’ll be another tactical test when Swansea City visit Ewood Park on Tuesday evening, with the high-flying Swans causing Rovers plenty of issues in the reverse fixture.
Life without Arma
The absence of Adam Armstrong is something we have rarely seen during his time at the club, with the forward missing just five of the 157 fixtures he has been at the club for – in all competitions.
We’ll need to get used to life without Adam Armstrong in the coming months and years, with the 24-year-old clearly set to get a chance in the Premier League in the near future.
Rovers will need to go into the market to try and replace the goals that Armstrong has brought over the last couple of the seasons, and that will be a big task for the recruitment team when Arma moves on.
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