No classic but three points all that matters for Rovers


Daniel Ainsworth provides his verdict as Rovers return to winning ways with a victory over Reading…

I’ve spoken many times about stopping the rot when Rovers are on a three or four-game winless run, and how the performance is the least of my worries as long as the three points are ours come the full-time whistle, and that is exactly how I feel this evening.

The first half is one that (hopefully) will be out of my memory come tomorrow morning, with both sides having the odd chance but neither really inspiring.

However, the second half was a different story, and it was one that will give everyone a much-needed confidence boost.

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After a mazy run from Joe Rothwell allowed Sam Gallagher to fire home, Tyrhys Dolan’s excellently taken strike gave us the breathing space.

Given the fact that we had already dropped a two-goal lead on two separate occasions this season, you could sense the tension in the stand, but Rovers stood strong and kept what could be described as a deserved clean sheet.

I’m sure that Tony Mowbray would have been feeling the pressure as well given the recent run, and the criticism he’s come under, but I will give him the credit today that he got his approach to the second half spot on.

Tuesday night showed how injuries can affect the game plan when Harry Pickering and Lewis Travis were withdrawn, and the same could have happened today given the injuries to Daniel Ayala and Ryan Nyambe, but it didn’t and the three points were ours.

It was also good to see another positive performance from Jan Paul van Hecke, who replaced Ayala. Tony’s signings this summer have been a mixed bag, with the Dutchman appearing to be a good acquisition – if only he’d have finished his chance after an unstoppable burst forward!

Next week’s trip to Derby will be a tough fixture, but with a win in the bag now, Rovers can look forward to the match with confidence.

Thanks for reading.

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