Rovers succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to their Lancashire Rivals – after what has been labelled as a “lack of passion and effort”.
Oh how the tables have turned. For the 4th game running, our beloved Rovers were on the wrong side of a defeat against THEM, this time 0-2.
Last night after a couple of drinks in the Blues bar, I’d have told anyone. I’ll take another relegation as long as we win tonight. But, today I look at the bigger picture, as getting out of League 1 is far more important than bragging rights.
Fortunately I’m only on speaking terms with one of THEM. Surprisingly, I’ve not heard a peep from him despite the years of torture I sent his way.
First half goals from Cork and Brady were enough to send them back down the M65 showing that one dark yellow tooth they’ve looked after. On a more professional note, the goals came from Jack Cork on the 27th minute heading home a Brady cross. Brady then scored the second in added time of the first half.
A double substitution at half time from Tony Mowbray’s men unfortunately couldn’t reduce the deficit – with Bennett and Conway replaced Gladwin and Feeney.
Dominic Samuel replaced Peter Whittingham before the hour mark and looked lively. Unfortunately, Samuel had a goal ruled out for offside on 75 minutes. Caddis crossed the ball from the right hand side, Conway was the first to react playing the ball goal bound before Samuel turned it in from an offside position.
Rovers were far from outplayed but, it pains me to say that the two leagues between us was on display with the Dingles happy to knock the ball about at the back and Rovers lacking that tenacity to chase the ball in front of the 16,313 fans, including 5,135 visiting supporters.
At the risk of sounding bitter, it’s a Micky Mouse Cup anyway and the league is far more important. Rovers need to concentrate on getting out of this league, and can then focus on getting their own back.
Mowbray and his men now need to concentrate on their home clash with MK Dons, before hosting Stoke U23’s in the much disliked competition, the Checkatrade Trophy. They will then face a 11 day break before their trip to Rochdale on the 9th September, due to Fleetwood at home being moved because of international call-ups.
Good always prevails over evil. Unfortunately, the night is always darkest before the dawn. Let’s hope dawn is now breaking.