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Five stories from the weekend

Read a round-up of Rovers news from a positive few days for Tony Mowbray's men

23 October 2017

There was plenty to shout about following Rovers' 3-0 win over Portsmouth on Saturday.

Below, we take a look at five talking points you may have missed from the weekend, starting with our climb back into the play-off places...

1. A vital victory 

Rovers got back to winning ways on Saturday with an impressive 3-0 win over Portsmouth at Ewood Park, courtesy of goals from Bradley Dack, Danny Graham and Craig Conway. The tough conditions didn’t stop Tony Mowbray’s men playing some of their best football of the season so far, as the Blues moved back into the play-off places with two games in hand over several clubs. Next up, it’s a trip to high-flying Wigan on Saturday; another win there would put Rovers right back in the hunt for a top-two finish.

2. More magic from Harry

Harry Chapman made his first league start in a Rovers shirt against Portsmouth, and had a real impact before being withdrawn to a standing ovation in the second half. The youngster was a constant thorn in Pompey’s side and registered an assist for our first goal, winning back possession and playing in Dack to open the scoring. Well played, Harry!

3. Individual praise

After the game, the boss reserved special praise for Graham and defender Paul Downing, who has now kept four clean sheets in as many appearances in 2017-18. “I think the back four are looking really strong at the moment, and Paul looked very assured and composed alongside Charlie Mulgrew,” Mowbray said afterwards. Saturday’s shut-out means Rovers have conceded just 10 goals in the league this season, a tally bettered only by the top two.

4. On the mend

Speaking of Downing, the defender was one of two Rovers players to make a return from injury at the weekend; a boost for the squad going into the next few games. Downing completed 90 minutes at Ewood Park, while midfielder Corry Evans came off the bench to play the final 15 minutes. It means that Darragh Lenihan remains the only long-term absentee, with the Blues hoping to welcome the defender back by the end of December.

5. A chance for Nuttall?

While there were very few negatives to take from the win over Pompey, Dominic Samuel’s late dismissal has left Mowbray with something to ponder. Asked about the incident, the manager says it could pave the way for youngster Joe Nuttall to be given an opportunity in the first team. "The opposition will dictate which strikers we play,” he said. “We'll utilise them all and they'll all play their part. The sending off potentially promotes Joe forward into the group now.” Watch this space!

 

 

 


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