Verdict: Positive signs as Rovers draw with league leaders Norwich City


Rovers’ draw with Norwich City is a result that the fans can take the positives from – even if it brings up frustration with the season as a whole.

Tony Mowbray’s side more than matched the high-flying Canaries, and three points for Rovers would not be labelled as “undeserved”.

The first half was a well-executed plan from Rovers. Mowbray talked about teams’ submissiveness when playing at Carrow Road, and it was evident we had worked on nullifying Norwich, keeping the ball and remaining strong at the back.

It was disappointing to go behind after such a strong performance, but Rovers showed resilience and fight to get back level, with Sam Gallagher grabbing another goal off the bench.

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The result, in isolation, was a very positive one for the team and one we can take something from, but it also highlights frustration from across the season.

We’ve shown we can match the very best in this division in both fixtures with Norwich City, we’ve ran Watford and Bournemouth close in our meetings, but why aren’t Rovers further up the table?

The injuries of course come into the equation, but the lack of consistency in performances is still questionable and there will be plenty more questions asked before the season ends.

Regardless of today’s result, the run we have been on is simply not good enough, and seven points from a possible 36 is relegation form.

I wrote it in my verdict after the Bristol City match and the same stands now, this summer is – simply put – a massive one for the summer.

Thanks for reading.

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