It has been a steady start to the season.
Going into tonight’s match, discounting the gimme against Bury, Rovers hadn’t conceded a league goal.
Unfortunately they were also yet to score one and hadn’t bagged a goal from open play but there have been plenty of positive signs.
The number of decent chances created against Leeds and Wigan give some cause for optimism if the quality of finishing can be improved a little.
With Nathan Tyson injured, Curtis Main will no doubt have a few opportunities to make an impact, particularly if Paul Dickov decides to play two up front.
Main’s composure has let him down at times but if he can settle his nerves with a goal it could do him and the team a lot of good.
Likewise, Andy Williams has got into a lot of good positions and despite fluffing his one-on-one with Wigan’s Richard O’Donnell, he has shown plenty of promise.
I’m pleased that my pre-season prediction about Thorsten Stuckmann is coming true.
As the goals against column is looking healthy, attention can now turn to further up the pitch. We haven’t had a consistent specialist free kick-taker since David Mulligan. I’d like to see the likes of Forrester or Taylor-Sinclair putting in the hours practicing their technique. We need to increase our success rate with a dead ball.
I still think we could do with another one or two players brought in through the loan market. The bench hasn’t been particularly strong and we’d benefit from a pacey winger to give us another option on the overlap.