Rovers 1-0 Gillingham – Match Review


Rovers picked up their second consecutive home game with a 1-0 victory over Gillingham.

A first half goal from our number 9 Dominic Samuel was enough to separate the two sides on Saturday at Ewood Park.

In a game where Rovers had several chances to kill the game off, Mowbray’s men could count themselves lucky – in all respect to Gillingham – that they wasn’t playing a team of a higher calibre.

Rovers started the game strong, with several corners in the opening 20 minutes. Long, diagonal balls from Bennett to Antonsson on the left-side kept causing the Gills’ defence problems, and resulted in these corners.

The Blues had a few shots before breaking the deadlock, with both Samuel and Antonsson cutting in but both forwards blazed the ball over into the away section.

Mowbray’s men finally broke the deadlock with an effort from Samuel after 30 minutes. Dack whipped the corner in, which fell to the head of Charlie Mulgrew. The captain headed the ball down to Samuel, before he stabbed the ball into the bottom right corner in front of the Darwen End.

9 minutes later, David Raya produced the first of his series of brilliant saves in this game. Paul Caddis hesitated for a header, which allowed Wilkinson to head the ball to Nugent. The Gillingham player shot towards goal, but the Spaniard shot-stopper sprung in front of the ball to prevent a certain goal.

The Blues went into the half-time break 1-0 up, with the feeling that we should have scored at least another goal.

In the opening 10 minutes, Rovers had a few efforts, but none troubled Holy in the Gillingham goal.

Rovers had the chance to kill off the game after 77 minutes.¬†Chapman’s deep cross was headed down by substitute Danny Graham to Williams, and the full-back’s left-footed shot struck the post, before Downing saw his shot blocked.

With 8 minutes to go, Raya made ANOTHER great save. List struck a brilliant shot which was saved at point-blank range by the ‘keeper, and then Martin’s follow-up rippled the side netting.

The full-time whistle went and Rovers fans were relieved. The Blues hung on for a second straight home win, meaning they enter the international break in the play-off spots.

The main factor was that we won and picked up the 3 points, but Rovers need to learn how to kill games off. If we faced better opposition, then we would have ended up coming away disappointed that we didn’t pick up the victory.

Long may it continue!

Come on you Blues!

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