A game of two halves as Diaz’s impressive start continues

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After a disappointing first half, it seemed like it was only a matter of time before Millwall got their goal and went on to take all three points.

The hosts got their goal and looked like taking the victory, but Rovers continued to fight and got an equaliser – maybe somewhat deserved – through Ben Brereton Diaz’s delightful header.

We have to take notice of the goal, it was a simply brilliant header from the Chilean hero, and the change in confidence since the pandemic is incredible to see.

Rovers’ first half was poor, and the hosts could have been out of sight by the interval. Our tactical approach of lumping the ball wasn’t working one bit, and why a lot of these balls were up to Tyrhys Dolan I’m not sure.

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But, the side did change their approach at the break and with Hayden Carter replacing Dolan as Rovers swapped their approach to a back five and it worked.

Carter headed away anything and everything, whilst Daniel Ayala continued his impressive start – at this rate, the Spaniard will be keeping Scott Wharton out of the side upon his return.

Rovers’ back five allowed them to control the play a little more, and with the introduction of Dan Butterworth and Harry Chapman, they got a hold of the match and eventually got their goal.

It’s not too often we score from set-pieces, and if we can make a habit of it across the season, it’ll be a big boost to a side looking to replace the thirty goals of Adam Armstrong.

All in all, it wasn’t a performance that any of us will remember as a classic, but we took a point from a tough place and that’s what you need to do in this division.

I’d like to finish with a note to the 1,000 or so supporters who made the trip. Credit to all those who attended, and they deserved to celebrate that goal after over 500 days away.

Thanks for reading.

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