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Rovers v Bristol Rovers: Mowbray’s Men On The Charge

Rovers will be looking for a hat-trick of wins as Mowbray’s men went up a gear during Tuesday night’s 2-4 win at the Kassam Stadium. 

Over 700 Rovers fans made the near on 400 mile trip to the Kassam Stadium to watch Rovers overcome Oxford United. That in itself suggested that the fans are very much enjoying what they’re seeing at the moment.

They’ll have been even more impressive as Rovers raced into a 0-3 lead courtesy of two goals from Captain Charlie Mulgrew and yet another goal from forward Marcus Antonsson. In what was a performance of high quality.

A clinical first-half display with a battling second saw Rovers pick up back-to-back away wins scoring seven goals in the process to lift themselves away from the travelling pack in the table. A win that now leaves them with the opportunity to kick on some more.

It’s important everyone doesn’t underestimate just what Rovers did on Tuesday night. Stopping the then top scorers of the division from attacking and then attacking a little themselves. There isn’t much more the Rovers fans could have asked for as Mowbray’s men stormed to another away victory.

The manager along with this players have been talking up a serious run of form all season. Unfortunately, it hasn’t come off. Could this be what we’re seeing? The team now starting to click? Is this what Rovers fans can expect to see from here on in?

The challenge now is to go on and find a way of winning consistently on home turf. The club have been in this position already this season, being at home off the back of double away wins only to let themselves down by underperforming. It’s a real frustration.

Ewood Park has been a problem to win consistently. There’s many a projected reason for this. Could it be the fans not making the noise? The fact that the away support sing louder on the road? Could it be the fact that most visiting sides see it as a real occasion and therefore perform that little bit more?

Nobody knows for sure. But, the important thing to do is to let the past be the past and move forward with a clean slate at Ewood Park. Games are becoming more important and with that is a real need to support the team at home.

The players have certainly earned the supporters backing over the last few days. One will hope that many a fan buries the divide, unite and backs the players on the pitch to reach the ultimate aim of three more points.

Rovers welcome, well, Rovers this weekend.

Bristol Rovers will arrive at Ewood Park in a rotten run of form and will be hoping to get back to winning ways as soon as possible. The Gas sit 17th in Sky Bet League One with 21 points to their name. Bristol Rovers are also the only team in the division yet to draw a game – I hope I’m not tempting fate there!

It’s just one win in their last nine for the Gas who hope their fortunes will turn soon. Bristol Rovers finished the season just seven points off the play-offs and were tipped to do well with this being their third season within this division.

Given the poor form, it’s expected the visitors will set up to contain the attacking threats that Tony Mowbray has at his disposal. This presents its own challenge to Blackburn Rovers. It is, of course, this type of pluggy opposition where the hosts have fallen down against so far this season.

Doncaster Rovers, AFC Wimbledon and Plymouth Argyle are just a few examples this season where Rovers haven’t managed to get themselves going and have ultimately dropped crucial points. Saturday could see a carbon copy of the way those games were played out.

It has to be said that Mowbray’s Rovers look more confident, fitter and with more energy. It’s hoped that the vital hours spent on the training pitch over the last international break have paid off. It’s something everyone has seen over the last couple of games.

How quick Rovers have started games, scoring the first goal has been unheard of down the last few seasons. But, we’ve seen it happen in both games over the last few days. An energy to the team that we haven’t seen and a clinical finish.

Saturday presents the hosts with a real opportunity. Four of the top five play against each other this weekend giving Rovers the opportunity to gain some ground on those immediately above them. I’m sure it didn’t go unnoticed that Shrewsbury lost to Bury last Tuesday night.

The game will be a difficult one. With the hosts’ high energy and front foot initiative as well as the strong-minded discipline, its hard to see past Mowbray’s men picking up the three points. However, make mistakes of the past and underestimate the opponents and it will be Rovers of the Bristol persuasion taking all three points.

Enjoy the game.

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