Blackburn Rovers 1-3 Doncaster Rovers – Match Review

Rovers lost their second League One game to newboys Doncaster Rovers, after an embarrassing display.

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Richie Smallwood was named man of the match today in a poor Rovers team performance.

After an opening day defeat at Southend, followed by a first round cup win at Coventry, Rovers needed to pick up a win at home to League One new boys Doncaster Rovers. However, Rovers didn’t. A lacklustre performance coupled with no desire to go and do anything left Rovers red-faced by the Yorkshire outfit.

A poor and monotonous first half give both sides little to cheer about at half-time, but it would be the visitors who’d be celebrating at full time with 3 second-half strikes from ‘Donny’.

A minute into the first half, Elliott Ward gifted Doncaster a goal. The ball slipped under his foot, and John Marquis took advantage and placed the ball past Raya. Doncaster then doubled their advantage, when Mulgrew was judged to have fouled Coppinger in the box. The veteran placed the penalty down the middle.

The day was made worse when Raya headed straight to Alfie May, who punished the Spaniard. Samuel pulled a consolation back for Rovers, but as we often see, it was too little, too late. Rovers were poor throughout and gifted the visitors the game, and it needs to be sorted as soon as possible.

In my honest opinion, I don’t think the formation works. As much as I like the man, Mowbray got it wrong today. We don’t have the wing-backs to make it work and would suit 4 at the back much more.

Let’s hope Mowbray sorts it out before Bradford away!

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