Rovers 1-1 Plymouth Argyle – Match Review

Rovers were held to a 1-1 draw by bottom of the league Plymouth Argyle in a game full of chances.

Graham Carey’s curling opener was cancelled out by Bradley Dack’s equaliser on the stroke of half time.

The game started with Rovers attacking, and having efforts – but not normally on target. Chances from Graham, Nyambe and Smallwood all failed to hit the back of the net.

With half an hour gone, the away side broke the deadlock. Graham Carey, who was Plymouth’s star man when they secured promotion last season, struck a sweet left footed shot from the left side of the box as it nestled in the top right corner of David Raya’s goal.

However, in the second minute of injury time, £750,000 summer signing Bradley Dack placed the ball in the right hand side of the net past the Plymouth ‘keeper Cooper.

The second half saw Rovers on top. The front two of Danny Graham and Marcus Antonsson continued to have efforts, but again, none of them went in! Danny Graham had a glorious chance with a header just before the hour mark, but lent back too far and his header flew over the bar.

For the next 20 to 25 minutes, the story was the same for Rovers – attack, shoot, get a corner and repeat. The ball just couldn’t end up in the back of the goal.

Rovers’ golden chance – the best one of the 24 chances that didn’t go in. The ball fell to substitute Ben Gladwin, who replaced Peter Whittingham, around five yards out. With the goal gaping, Gladwin hit the ball straight at the Plymouth defender on the line.

Chance wasted.

The full time whistle went and boos echoed around Ewood. You can feel that fans were starting to lose patience during the game, and you could feel this at the end. Each miss saw frustration increase.

People seem to be turning on Mowbray at each poor performance, and this will only obviously increase each time we miss chances or just don’t play well.

These missed chances will also create even more calls for in-form young striker, Joe Nuttall, to make his way into the first team. It can only be a matter of time before he comes in. Surely?

Who knows…

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