Captain Charlie, Super Swede and Adapting to life – 3 talking points from Oxford

After Rovers won 4-2 away at Oxford United, James Devonald looks at the talking points from the victory.

A brace from Charlie Mulgrew and a goal each for Marcus Antonsson and Joe Nuttall was enough to give Mowbray’s men the win.

It was a great performance and helped Rovers close the gap with the chasing pack.

So, let’s look at the talking points from the game.

Captain Charlie

A great result last night for Rovers saw us pick up another 3 points, with skipper Charlie Mulgrew grabbing two goals.

In Mulgrew, Rovers have a great leader and with the international fixtures over for the rest of 2017, Rovers can rest assured that their man will be there (barring injury) to lead the charge going into the Christmas period and beyond as we push on for a return to The Championship.

Ok, so he may make the occasional defensive mishap, but he is a strong character and has formed a formidable partnership with Paul Downing and whilst this partnership continues to grow, so do Rovers, giving us the perfect platform to push on into 2018.

The Super Swede

In Marcus Antonsson, Rovers seemed to have found the perfect foil for the likes of Nuttall, Samuel, and Graham.

His link-up play is improving and he appears to be full of confidence and scoring goals which is only ever a good thing. Antonsson has firmly cemented his place in the starting XI and with the Rovers faithful on the back of Bury and Oxford, and I hope to see him continue to grow in confidence as Rovers push on in search of promotion.

Who knows….A good run of form and goals in December/January may see Tony Mowbray attempting to turn his loan into a permanent deal.  

Adapting to life in League 1

Many expected Rovers to run away with the division at the start of the season, but we struggled to adapt to life in League 1 as Mowbray continued to shuffle the pac\k in search of a system that would work.

Many, including myself, became frustrated at the slow start but Mowbray finally appears to have got it working as form is improving and we are in a fairly strong position going in December. Strong performances at Bury and Oxford over the last week lead us into a home fixture against Bristol Rovers and I expect Mowbray to keep faith with the lads who have served us well over these two fixtures.

Three points on Saturday will lead us nicely into December which could prove to be a pivotal month of the season as we chase down the likes of Shrewsbury and Wigan at the top of the table.

Thanks for reading

 

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