Talking Points: Is this the season for Rovers to return to the promised land?


Daniel Ainsworth discusses three talking points from Rovers’ victory over Barnsley…

Solid Scott

Since coming back into the side after a lengthy absence, Scott Wharton has been up there with the best players in this Rovers side – in my eyes at least.

He is so dominant in the air and in his tackling, and when he does have the ball at his feet, he has the ability to play a range of passing, as well as the confidence to bring the ball out of defence.

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Wharton is another example of the quality that comes through the Rovers academy, and for me, he is a future club captain.

A local lad being one of the first names on the teamsheet – us fans couldn’t ask for much more.

Three is the magic number

I’ve bemoaned Tony Mowbray’s tactics on a number of occasions since his arrival when we have tried to move to the back three/five formation, but with the way we set up now, it is clearly the way forward for the team.

The midfield three compliment each other so well and they were the catalysts for the victory last night, with Joe Rothwell opening the scoring and John Buckley picking the assist for both goals.

The three centre backs and the three midfielders have been instrumental in this run of form.

The sky is the limit

This victory makes it six wins in a row for the side, and moves them onto 45 points after just 24 matches. We’re level on points with Fulham, the same side that thrashed us 7-0 earlier this season, and just one point behind Bournemouth.

It has been truly remarkable, and I believe we can truly say we’ll be defying the pre-season predictions, regardless how we perform in 2022.

For me, it’s important to keep grounded and enjoy this team and the run of form. Take each match as it comes and see where we end up.

The sky is the limit for this young team, and the fans will have a massive part to play in the second half of the season, as they have done in the first.

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