In the second of these monthly articles, @lukerovers85 reviews how September has gone for Rovers.
September has seen Rovers pick up 4 wins, 1 draw and a loss – which is promotion form.
This has seen Rovers pick up 13 points, and end up at the end of September just inside the playoffs in 6th place.
Rovers headed into September after the International break looking to build on the momentum gained from the 4-1 demolition of MK Dons in their last league game.
So, let’s look back at September.
Rochdale 0-3 Rovers – League One – 9th September 2017
The 1st game of September saw Rovers make the trip to Rochdale, after our home game with Fleetwood Town the previous week was postponed due to International call ups.
The game proved to be a stroll at Spotland Stadium as goals from “The King Of Ewood” Richard Smallwood (10′), Marcus Antonsson (57′) & Danny Graham (79′) sealed a comfortable 3-0 win.
Rovers dominated throughout and it was great to see the Blues follow on from their dominant performance over MK Dons, with another dominant performance!
Scunthorpe United 0-1 Rovers – League One – 12th September 2017
Rovers made it two wins in a matter of a couple of days as a Marcus Antonsson goal in the second half proved enough to gain a scrappy 1-0 victory at Scunthorpe United who were previously unbeaten going into the game, as Rovers made it 4 wins in a row for the first time since 2000.
The game was scrappy, and probably dominated by The Iron, which made it even sweeter when that full time whistle went.
A special mention of the fans in this game – more than 800. They were very vocal throughout and continued to show the magnificent away support we have seen in every away match this season.
Rovers 0-1 AFC Wimbledon – League One – 16th September 2017
The winning sequence came to an end in rather disappointing fashion as AFC Wimbledon took the three points thanks to a Kwesi Appiah strike on sixteen minutes.
This was a game of few chances & a very poor performance by Rovers, no player who started the game could stand up & say he played well.
This match showed Rovers’ inability to break down a side. The Dons came and put every man behind the ball, and it worked perfectly as Neal Ardley’s men went home with all 3 points.
Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Rovers – League One – 23th September 2017
A tough away trip followed as Rovers faced league leaders Shrewsbury Town, for a while it looked as though a second successive 1-0 defeat was on the cards, until Bradley Dack scored his first goal for the club to salvage a 1-1 draw five minutes from time.
Once again a below par performance but it’s always a positive to nick something from a game while not playing at your best.
Rovers 2-0 Rotherham United – League One – 26th September 2017
Rovers went from producing one of their worst performances of the season to one of their best in the space of a few days as Rotherham United were comfortably beaten 2-0 at Ewood Park – thanks to goals from Marcus Antonsson (27′) & Harry Chapman (85′).
This game was dominated by Rovers, especially in the first half as they created numerous chances & hit the woodwork twice that the only surprise was they weren’t three or four up at the interval.
Lady luck was with Rovers in the second half as the visitors had a goal disallowed & a header cleared off the line before Chapman struck late on to seal only Rovers second league win at home this season. Whittingham could have made it 3-0 deep into injury time, but his chance flashed just past the post.
It was great to see Rovers keep a clean sheet against an attack that has only been outscored in English League Football by Premier League giants Manchester City!
Rovers 1-0 Gillingham – League One – 30th September 2017
The final game of the month saw Rovers host Gillingham at Ewood Park, and a first half goal from Dominic Samuel (30′) proved enough for a 1-0 win. Rovers made hard work of the game after they dominated the first half & in the end were indebted to key saves from David Raya in the second half to secure the points.
In all respect to Gillingham, if we’d have faced a better side with better attacking outlets, then Rovers would not have come away with the 3 points.
This month Rovers have produced some poor performances but have achieved a good haul of points with 13 points collected from 18 available and therefore, despite the AFC Wimbledon home defeat ,Tony Mowbray’s men end the month in the play off positions & six points off an automatic spot – with a game in hand on promotion rivals.
Let me know your thoughts on how Rovers have done this month by tweeting Rovers Chat at @rovers_chat or me personally at @lthornley1. Hopefully, Rovers will start October off with a bang in the Checkatrade Trophy tomorrow.