Daniel Ainsworth discusses three talking points as Rovers score late to draw away to Cardiff City…
Sweeper ‘keeper Kaminski
The main talking point from a neutral perspective has to be Thomas Kaminski’s challenge on Harry Wilson in the first half.
It’s a definite card, but what colour? Darragh Lenihan covering in behind him has saved him, in my eyes, from receiving a red card. I understand that if that had been Alex Smithies bringing Adam Armstrong down in the same situation,, I’d be calling for his dismissal.
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Kaminski was also almost caught out by Wilson when the Welshman tried an ambitious lob, but the Rovers ‘keeper managed to claw it wide.
Let’s face it, he’s going to be caught out one of these days, but what he has brought to the club outweighs the odd goal he may concede from playing this way.
As well as the ten players who are out of contract at the end of the season, five loanees will also return to their parent clubs – so where does that leave Rovers for the final five matches? Jarrad Branthwaite certainly won’t return and isn’t likely to feature much before the season ends, but the future of the other four is in the balance.
I don’t see Barry Douglas returning due to a mixture of interest elsewhere, wage demands and the arrival of Harry Pickering, so do we give Amari’i Bell the chance to impress before the season ends?
With Harvey Elliott likely to play at a higher level and Tom Trybull possibly heading back to Germany, I’d like to see the likes of Jacob Davenport, John Buckley and Tyrhys Dolan get a consistent run in the first team heading into next season.Embed from Getty Images
The main dilemma lies with Taylor Harwood-Bellis. His partnership with Lenihan is growing each week, City will trust us after two good loan spells for their young defenders (Tosin and Taylor) and he most likely won’t get the game time he will want with the soon-to-be Premier League Champions. Rovers could do a lot worse than bringing him back to the club.
It’s a tough decision for Tony Mowbray heading into the closing weeks. Does he play the players contracted to the club or does he keep the loanees playing in hope of a return next season? Time will tell.
The quintuple sub
A lot was made on social media of Tony Mowbray using all five substitutes at once.
It felt like desperation at the time, and changing half of your outfield players has a pre-season feel to it. Whether it was desperation or trying something new, the introduction of Lewis Holtby helped us take a point from the match.
I’ve both criticised and praised Tony’s tactical choices during his time here, both justified in my eyes, and I still don’t know where I stand on his substitutions in the match the day after…
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