It wouldn’t be Rovers if it was easy…

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After Rovers picked up their first away victory since the third game of the season, Daniel Ainsworth gives his verdict on the win at Derby…

As the title of this verdict says, it wouldn’t be Rovers if we didn’t make life difficult for ourselves, and that’s why we love (and hate a lot of the time) this club.

Rovers headed to Pride Park without an away victory since the second trip of the season, also in the East Midlands at the Rams’ rivals Nottingham Forest, and the pressure was on given Derby hadn’t suffered defeat at home so far.

But, Rovers quickly relieved the pressure within twenty minutes. Brereton Diaz bundled home the first on eight minutes, and he doubled his tally for the day soon after following a wonderful team goal.

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Several chances came and went at 2-0, with Sam Gallagher, Tyrhys Dolan and the aforementioned Brereton Diaz all having chances to put the game out of sight, but none were taken.

Now, given Rovers’ season so far – in which they have thrown away two-goal leads twice – everyone in the away end at Pride Park, and those watching from home, was right to have the feeling that this could come and bite us.

And it so nearly did, as Rovers sat back in the second period and the Derby pressure mounted, resulting in Curtis Davies scoring late on to create a very nervy ending for the visitors.

Derby had their chances to make it 2-2 as well, as they hit the woodwork before former Rover Colin Kazim-Richards fired over when through on goal.

Tony Mowbray’s side did manage to hold out, and despite the close shave, the three points is all that matters.

Rovers played some excellent football in the second half, with a number of chances coming from the excellent deliveries of full-backs John Buckley and Tayo Edun, as well as the front three.

This victory was also done without three of the strongest defence that Rovers could arguably choose, with Ryan Nyambe, Harry Pickering and the ever-present Daniel Ayala missing.

There’s plenty of positives to take from the victory, and despite nearly only taking a point, the away wins are back.

Rovers are still continuing to defy the pre-season expectations of the fans and the wider EFL community, and long may it continue.

A tough week coming up sees the visits of Fulham and Sheffield United at Ewood, but with the confidence high and a certain Chilean forward scoring goals, there is the possibility that we could start a new month strongly.

Thanks for reading.

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