As Danjuma’s strike killed off the match completely, the sinking feeling of Rovers sleepwalking into a relegation battle slowly arose.
We should (and I say that with a tad of caution) have enough to prevent any real worries about relegation, but with just one win in our last fourteen matches, I don’t see where the next victory comes from.
It is one of the worst runs in recent history, there’s six games left for Rovers and we’re not clear yet. We’ve still got Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield, Rotherham and Birmingham to play who are all below us, and they’ll be more than up for it given the significance of all of their fixtures now.
Realistically, any side in the division would have beaten us today given our performance, and that deeply concerns me.
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The performance itself was devoid of any energy, creativity or end product and it was truly terrible viewing for anyone who parted with ten pounds of their well-earned money.
We wasn’t at it defensively, the midfield lacked any drive and the forwards struggled to have many notable chances, and this all combined for a disappointing outcome.
It is evident what needs to happen now and I don’t want to keep labouring the same point over and over, but a change needs to happen for all parties involved.
Let a new manager get a feeling for the squad now, let Tony’s time at the club be remembered fondly rather than this run of games, and let the team get back to playing well.
I’ll be forever grateful for what Tony has done here, but it is also important to realise when fresh ideas are needed.
We need to get the win or two we need on the board to avoid any threat of relegation, provide ourselves with a platform heading into next season and start again in August.
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