Daniel Ainsworth discusses three talking points from the loss to Blackpool…
I’ve praised the manager on quite a few occasions this season, but he took too long to make the final two substitutions this time around.
We saw the effect that Reda Khadra and Dan Butterworth had off the bench against Hull and other occasions this season, and I feel Tony left it too late to bring them on.
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Expecting the players – especially Butterworth who was brought on after 89 minutes – to be able to help us grab an equaliser is asking a lot with the limited time they are getting.
Backing up the unsettled defence argument
I spoke after the Huddersfield match about how key a settled defence has been this season, and the point was further backed up in the Blackpool defeat.
I don’t think I realised how important Darragh Lenihan is to this Rovers side, and his partnership with Daniel Ayala as well, as the Spaniard struggled himself at Bloomfield Road.
The quicker the Irishman returns to the Rovers side, the better, as the points will keep coming as long as Lenihan is in the side.
Finishing on a positive, I was really impressed with the performance of Tayo Edun off the bench.
It’s the first real outing we have seen of the summer signing, and he will have done his chances no harm.
He fought for every ball, he was calm and confident on the ball and he helped Rovers take control of the match in the second half.
The question now is where does he fit into the side? The midfield three of Lewis Travis, John Buckley and Joe Rothwell works well, so could we see a change in the system to accommodate Edun into the side.
It will be an interesting one to watch come the Coventry fixture.