Super Subs, Battling Back and 3 in a Week – 3 talking points from Bristol Rovers

After Rovers battled back from a goal down to take all 3 points against Bristol Rovers, Tom Schofield looks at the talking points from the victory.

Goals from Charlie Mulgrew and Dominic Samuel moved Rovers to within 6 points of the top 2, making it 3 wins in a week in the process.

So, let’s take a look at the talking points.

Super subs

Even before Bristol Rovers took the lead, Danny Graham and Dominic Samuel were preparing to enter the match.

The fact Rovers were a goal down only put more pressure on the pair. Any pressure they did feel, was death with expertly.

Immediately from kick off, a long ball from Paul Downing was nodded down into the path of Samuel, who was judged to have been fouled in the box for a Rovers penalty. Mulgrew swiftly dispatched the penalty.

For the second, another long ball from the aforementioned Downing was headed into space by Graham, before Williams picked out a rising Samuel who headed the ball into the back of the net.

Graham was able to bully the Bristol Rovers centre-halves, whilst Samuel got the goal to give Rovers all three points.

With the rise of Joe Nuttall, Samuel and Graham needed to force themselves back into Mowbray’s first team plans.

They have definitely done that.

Battling back

For the first time this season, and for the first time in over a year, Rovers were able to collect all three points after going a goal down.

Far too often, the players’ heads seem to drop after conceding. It was refreshing to see such an instant response to going a goal down.

This is the sort of thing Rovers are going to have to do more of if they want to continue to close the gap on the top two.

Teams are going to sit back when they come to Ewood, looking to counter attack when possible. It’s important Rovers are able to cope with that, and they did so against an impressive Bristol Rovers side.

After Bristol Rovers’ performance, I’m very surprised to see them so far down the table. Despite their league position, this was a fantastic three points for Mowbray’s men.

Three in a week

Rovers have won 3 games in the space of a week for the first time since 2006. Results against Liverpool, Middlesbrough and Wigan were enough 11 years ago.

Times may have changed, but the thrill of making it 3 in a week remains. Rovers fans can’t have been blamed for tentatively walking into Ewood, expecting to see another Blackburn slip up.

Bristol Rovers were the metaphorical banana skin you hear spoke about so frequently. Similar to the way Wimbledon were described.

After going 1-0 down, many probably thought that the writing was on the wall. Yet another three points dropped against opposition we should be beating.

Thankfully, a spirited comeback from the boys in blue meant Rovers made it 9 points in 9 going into Tuesday’s match against Blackpool.

Here’s hoping we make 12 points from 12.

Thanks for reading.

Click here to read our review of the match.






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