Rovers 4-1 MK Dons – Match Review

Rovers picked up a victory for the second league game running with a dominant 4-1 win over MK Dons at Ewood Park.

Mulgrew, Smallwood and the entire squad put in a brilliant team performance to secure their first home points of the season.


Two goals from Mulgrew, which were sandwiched between efforts from Williams and Samuel gave Rovers a comfortable 4-1 win over MK Dons.

Rovers were dominant from the beginning, and Williams opened the scoring within 90 seconds – exactly one year since he joined from Bristol City.

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Williams celebrated with a running ‘dab’.

Antonsson should have made it 2-0, but his effort was saved by the keeper. However, MK Dons were level after 25 minutes when Mulgrew failed to clear and Ed Upson rifled home from inside the box.

Captain Charlie would then make up for this, with his preferred scoring way, a free kick! He bent it over the wall and past the stretching Nicholls in the MK Dons net.

Rovers went into half-time 2-1 up, and began the second half strong, just like the first. However, this time they wouldn’t get an early goal, as Evans’ powerful shot was blocked low.

MK Dons continued to push and George Williams’ cross/shot had to be tipped over by Spaniard Raya, who dealt with the resulting corner.

The 70th minute saw Gladwin and Chapman introduced to the game, as Antonsson and Conway made way – and this tipped the game into Rovers’ hands.

Chapman helped Rovers get a third goal. The on-loan Middlesbrough whipped in a corner to Elliott Ward, who headed into the ground to the back post. Captain Mulgrew  was waiting there for the ball and the Scot headed home for his second goal of the game.

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Mulgrew put in a man of the match performance before he heads off for international duty with the Scottish National team.

The two substitutes combined to secure Rovers a fourth. Gladwin played in Chapman, who got to the byline and cut back, and Samuel placed the ball past the discouraged MK Dons ‘keeper.

Rovers thoroughly deserved the win and strong performances from everyone contributed towards winning the game. The Blue and Whites will now face Stoke U21’s in the Checkatrade Trophy, and then will face Rochdale after an 11 day break due to the postponement of the Fleetwood game.

Mowbray’s tactics and team selection were spot on today, and going back to basics worked wonders. After being criticised for his 3 at the back/5 at the back formations that he has been using, Mowbray has utilised a back 4 for the previous 2 games, and it has contributed to Rovers picking up 6 points from a possible 6.

Samuel and Antonsson worked well together, although the Swedish striker could and should’ve scored today.

Elliott Ward and Mulgrew looked solid today, after shaky performances in the first two league games – and Ward picked up an assist whilst man of the match Mulgrew picked up two goals.

Let’s hope Rovers keep this up now, and this win can only help the momentum.

Come on you Blues!

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