After a dominant second half and a few chances missed, I’m sure every Rovers fan knew what was coming.
It did arrive just moments after Barry Douglas struck the bar with a well struck free-kick, with Joe Ralls putting the hosts 2-1 up, and it felt like a real sucker punch for both the supporters and the players.
Thankfully, Adam Armstrong popped up to secure a point in a performance from the forward that was more like his usual self.
The performance from Rovers was what I expected. Mick McCarthy’s side let the opposition have the majority of possession and cause them problems when they recover the ball.
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We inevitably went behind, but credit to the side for getting back into the match before the break, albeit with a touch of fortune – but we deserve some!
The flurry of attacking chances after the restart, however, was not what I expected. We’ve seen Rovers dominate matches in terms of possession but being unable to break sides down, but the side did a good job of creating chances, just the final bit was lacking unless it fell to Armstrong.
What frustrates me – other than the constant use of the word ‘frustrated’ – is the feeling whenever Rovers miss a chance that we’re going to concede soon after. When we’re not creating as many chances as earlier in the season, each one counts that little bit more.
If we’re to lose Armstrong this summer, replacing him will be an impossible task. There’s no one out there for the money we have that will do his job, meaning our approach must change if we’re to win more matches next season.
However, concentrating back on the match, putting a point on the board is what we need to keep doing at this stage to make sure we’re completely safe. I’m confident we’ll stay up, but let’s do it sooner rather than later – mainly for the sake of supporters’ wellbeing!
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