Jonathan Secker discusses the talking points from Rovers’ 1-1 draw at home to Swansea…
Disappointed but happy
It says a lot when I sit here writing this that I’m disappointed to only take a point from a team pushing for promotion.
It was a performance, as fans, we can be proud off, but one where we just couldn’t do enough to snatch the three points. Throughout the ninety minutes, Rovers were the better team, looked more threatening and restricted the opposition to only one shot on target (unfortunately it went in!).
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If I am to be slightly picky, then I feel we didn’t make enough of some good attacking opportunities and turn them into chances, but we did have the best chance of the second half where Brereton should have done better.
We have now also scored a first-half goal in three of our last four fixtures after only scoring once in the first half of the previous seven games (credit to Jaquob Crooke from Lancs Live for the stat). The last two performances have shown much more promise, bravery and commitment – let’s hope it continues.
After the 1-0 defeat at Reading, it was hard to see where our fortunes were going to turn but four points from the next six is a great return.
Within the two aforementioned performances, there have been several players who have really stepped up to the mark. Tyrhys Dolan again led the line very well, playing centrally but was all over the pitch. His low centre of gravity gives the defenders no idea which way he will turn, whilst he is increasingly looking comfortable facing away from goal.
John Buckley is another one who has really stepped up to the plate and was a worthy man of the match contender.Embed from Getty Images
We’ve always known he is good on the ball and has a great passing range, but over the last two games we’ve seen a combative side to him, winning tackles, breaking up plays and driving forward to support – you can see him growing in confidence by the minute.
Alongside Buckley was another man who deserves great credit for his last two performances – Tom Trybull. It looks like his recent back spasm has knocked him into form. and we’re finally seeing the player that Norwich fans rave about. Sitting in front of the back four he was able to control proceedings, make the most successful tackles (four) during the game and three interceptions. The biggest compliment I can pay him is over the last two games is that you haven’t really noticed that Travis hasn’t been on the pitch.
An unchanged XI
After surprising us with six changes for the weekend win over Millwall, Mowbray stuck with the same eleven that came away from the Den with three points.
There is a lot to be said for consistency in selection and within this eleven, you can start to see partnerships and patterns of play developing. The centre-half partnership of Lenihan and Harwood-Bellis seems to be developing with each game whilst the midfield trio of Buckley/Trybull/Dack has some real balance to it that allows Dack to play his natural game.
Although he is still not back to the Dack we know, the last two games have seen him play a lot further forward and get his name on the scoresheet twice.
And finally, before I go, here is your weekly reminder that the officials in the EFL are not very good.
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