Daniel Ainsworth discusses three talking points as Rovers draw with Barnsley…
A strong start
Rewind to the start of the season as fans were making their season predictions ahead of the season, and many supporters had tipped the team to be at the lower end of the table.
However, it has been a strong start from Rovers and although it’s early in the season, being around the top six is an excellent effort given all the issues.
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As I wrote in my match verdict, we have lost a 30-goal a season and have a thin squad compared to many sides, and yet we’re still competing with every side and picking up points nearly every match.
I’m not saying it’ll last all season, but the team deserve credit and praise for the start they have had.
Tony Mowbray might have had his hand forced due to a lack of options, but the consistent team selections have paid off.
The defence is a familiar one and looks solid, signalled by a second consecutive clean sheet at Barnsley, and the fact Scott Wharton will struggle to make it back into the side when he returns is a signal of the performances put in by Daniel Ayala this season.
The midfield trio of Travis, Buckley and Rothwell provides a good balance, giving the likes of Tyrhys Dolan and Reda Khadra the licence to get forward.
Nailing down a regular XI in this league is almost always a positive, and let’s hope it stays that way.
Belgium’s number one
He might not actually be Belgium’s number one, but to us, he certainly is by the chants that rang around the away end on Saturday!
What a piece of business Thomas Kaminski has turned out to be. I have waxed lyrical about the Belgian’s ability and the robbery we performed by bringing him in for such a low fee, but he continues to impress me every week.
We need to make sure that we tie Kaminski down to a long term contract to fend off any further interest from Europe and potential interest from England, ensuring he remains as our number one for the forseeable.