Daniel Ainsworth gives his verdict on Rovers’ drab goalless draw at home to Bristol City…
The previous meeting between these sides at Ewood Park saw the restart of football following the three-month break, and it was one that saw Rovers run out as winners and give the supporters some hope, but this fixture couldn’t be further from that.
It was a drab affair in all honesty, and one that will not live long in my memory. Both sides had nothing but pride to play for, and that was clearly evident.
Rovers had 74% of the ball and thirteen attempts on goal, yet only two hit the target, and we all know that limits our goalscoring chances.
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The high levels of possession is something we saw plenty of in the earlier months of the season, and the line-ups felt the same with Harvey Elliott, Adam Armstrong and Ben Brereton leading the line – and the midfield trio of Bradley Johnson, Joe Rothwell and Lewis Holtby.
But, we didn’t have that free-flowing scoring side that saw us dominate teams earlier this season, and we didn’t look like we’d take all three points.
There’s something missing from this side, and I’m still struggling to put my finger on what it is, but the main point lies that there is a lot of business that needs to be done this summer.
Regardless of whether it is Tony Mowbray or another man at the helm, they will have a tough task on their hands of replacing the loanees and out-of-contract players in what will be a window already made harder by the absence of supporters this season.
We already know Bradley Dack will miss a large part of the 2021-22 season, there will undoubtedly be major interest in Adam Armstrong and with several players out of contract, the building process we’ve seen during Mowbray’s time will be taking a large step backwards – I simply can not put into words how big the summer will be for Rovers.
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