Rovers take on Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night as they look to bounce back from their latest setback.
It’s becoming a common theme for many Rovers supporters at the moment. Just as the fans were daring to dream, Rovers faced yet another stutter this time on the road to Oldham Athletic.
The visitors all round play was low on quality, lacked creativity and was ultimately a very poor performance. But, what must have upset the vocal 3500 strong following is the way they saw their side surrender to hungrier opponents.
There’s no question that Rovers got what they deserved last weekend. Oldham applied the correct attitude and raised their game against stronger opponents. Many would say that Rovers, for the first time this season, were outplayed – they’d be right!
The Latics were hungrier, more hard working and created so much more. They were everything that Rovers weren’t. Yet another example of the kind of test Rovers will be facing week in, week out. Particularly on the road.
There’s no point in anyone connected with the club dwelling on what happened. Time moves quickly in the Football League and luckily for Mowbray’s men they’re back in action in front of the home fans.
Tuesday night sees the division’s bottom club Plymouth travel to Ewood Park. This gives me the opportunity to bring up a poignant point. Football League chiefs, hang your heads in shame.
Making the most loyal Argyle supporters cover over 600 miles on a midweek fixture is an absolute disgrace. It serves no purpose. To those Plymouth supporters making the journey – I salute you!
Back to current events, Rovers will face a fairly predictable game plan. Plymouth will come to play on the break. Much like MK Dons, much like Gillingham and much like AFC Wimbledon.
Rovers have had a mixed bag of results when facing this kind of team. It’s important to be patient, keep their heads and carry on working hard until that breakthrough comes. Rovers won’t face too much defensively but what they’ll have to do, they’ll have to do well.
Tony Mowbray will know the kind of pressure he’s under. The Ewood crowd is expectant. On occasions, too expectant. But going in to tomorrow night he knows that only a win will do as the fans made their views quite clear upon the final whistle at Oldham last weekend.
It brings us to another interesting point. The Rovers fans have their part to play in matters this season. Its absolutely vital the club’s fans don’t turn on the manager, individual players or the team as a collective. Certainly not at this stage.
Frustration is part and parcel of football. There were many knee jerk reactions to certain players last weekend. Yes, some players are out of form and yes, for certain players things aren’t coming off. Does that mean supporters should be over critical?
There are players in this squad that have a heavy pair of shoulders. They take things very personal and a few comments from the stands have affect them for the rest of their game.
It’s easier said than done but its important to not be too critical. It’s crucial that the players feel the supporters backing even in the most difficult of times. Granted, there wasn’t much to cheer on last weekend but nevertheless some comments were unwarranted.
Back to Tuesday night, the visitors will be desperate for some joy. They played out of their skins and were impressive for long periods against Shrewsbury and they’ll take great pleasure that they played their part in knocking the Shrews off top spot.
They’re a dangerous side when things click. They’ve got pace as well as a physical side to them. Its been noted that Argyle have struggled with discipline this season. This is something to be wary of.
There might be changes to the Rovers side, nobody can complain if they’re dropped from the side in midweek. To balance that, Mowbray might want to stick with the team that started and try and play some in to form – a dangerous game.
It’s back-to-back home games for Rovers and with that should see some consistency within points. It’s imperative to build momentum and get that winning feeling back. With that comes a better feeling from the supporters who are desperate to see the team succeed.
It’s a crucial week in Rovers season that must see points on the board to keep with the leading pack. Anymore slip ups and this optimistic predicted future could be in some doubt.
Enjoy the game.
We’ve now released all of our buildup to the game. You can see all of the articles by clicking the relative link below
Click to read Plymouth Argyle v Rovers – Match Preview by @gtrowe31.
Click to read Plymouth Argyle Fan Preview – Argyle Away Days.
Thanks for reading, and all our reaction to the game will be up on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning and afternoon.