Rovers 3-1 Barnet – Match Review

Rovers came from behind to progress into the Second Round of the FA Cup with a 3-1 win over League Two Barnet.

Goals from Joe Nuttall, Danny Graham and Marcus Antonsson more than cancelled out a Simeon Akinola opener for the visitors.

The game started with Rovers in the ascendancy, as was to be expected against a side struggling in the league below.

Danny Graham had a golden chance to put the Blues ahead when he was sent through on goal but he could only force a save out of the Barnet keeper.

But it was to be the Bees that were to take the lead at Ewood on 31 minutes, when a sloppy pass from Bradley Dack was taken advantage of and Simeon Akinola stroked the ball into the net.

Rovers didn’t really try to hit back swiftly and the team came off to boos ringing out after a turgid first 45 minutes of football.

Mowbray made an important change at half time, replacing Sam Hart with the super sub Joe Nuttall.

It took slightly longer to #FeedTheNutt this time round as it was on 63 minutes when Nuttall was on hand to smash a pass from Bradley Dack into the back of the net to equalise for the Rovers.

At this point, Rovers really got into the game and went in search of a second goal to put them in front.

It only took another 7 minutes for the goal to arrive, with Danny Graham making amends for his earlier missed chance by powering in a strike across goal into the top left corner to put Rovers ahead with 20 minutes to go.

The lead wasn’t comfortable and Barnet could have easily got a second goal, but Marcus Antonsson made sure Rovers were in the hat for the 2nd round draw with a drilled effort from 20 yards creeping into the bottom right corner of the net after a defensive mistake.

The full time whistle went and Rovers’ place in the hat for the 2nd was confirmed.

We asked our Twitter followers (@rovers_chat) about their thoughts on the game.

Here’s a small collection of the replies.

Rovers are ball number 15 for the draw on Monday night.

The Blue and Whites’ next game is Rochdale away in the Checkatrade Trophy, on Tuesday night.


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