Verdict: Positive evening for Rovers as they take a point against Swansea


A second positive performance saw them take a point from Swansea City, and supporters are right to feel slightly frustrated that it was only one on the board.

On paper, a draw against a Swansea side that haven’t lost on the road since the turn of the year is one most sides would be happy with, but Rovers’ performance warranted three points.

But, it is a positive result and one supporters will be satisfied with as Rovers matched – and bettered – the Swans.

It was a pleasure to see Bradley Dack on the scoresheet again due to his struggles since returning from injury, and the last two matches have seen him look a lot more like the Dack that made supporters fall in love with him.

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Rovers were then denied a couple of free-kicks and penalties, some of which I won’t understand if I discussed them for the rest of the evening so I won’t bother to, but the Swansea penalty at the other end was a killer, with Rovers deservedly ahead.

It’s one of the certainties in life that Andre Ayew will score against Rovers – and the ‘(pen)’ after his name is something I’ve got used to watching the Championship over the course of this season.

The second half was always going to see the Swans have a dominant spell, but Rovers held out strongly during this time and got themselves back on top, but Mowbray’s men just couldn’t find that elusive second goal.

In perspective, it is a positive point. The fact we, as supporters, come away from watching that match and feeling disappointed is a sign of how things have improved in the last seven days ago.

Performances-wise, John Buckley ran away with the man of the match award for me, and he could be a regular starter come next season. He showed he doesn’t need to worry about ‘bulking’ up, with his lean figure helping him move more freely and it plays into his strengths.

Tyrhys Dolan led the line well in Armstrong’s absence once more, whilst Tom Trybull has shown why Norwich fans praised him highly following his move.

In conclusion, it could have been three points for Rovers, but a point against a strong side is something we should take the positives from.

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