Talking tactics: Pressing matters ensured a headache for the big boys

Chris Brown is a master of defending from the front.
Chris Brown is a master of defending from the front.

The key to Rovers’ success so far can be put down to one factor: energy.

And the man injecting that energy into the side has been one Theo Robinson who could hardly have made a bigger impact on his arrival.

Paul Dickov wants a high-energy, fast tempo side and Robinson’s introduction has brought his vision to the fore.

But it is not simply in attack where the spark ignites.

Both Blackburn and Wigan struggled to cope with the high intensity pressing game Rovers deployed. And it started from the front line.

Chris Brown’s tireless work-rate has been clear to see since his Rovers return.

But pressing as a forward is a difficult task when you’re deployed as a lone figure.

In Robinson, Brown not only has a strike partner, he has someone who will work as hard as him off the ball.

Neither Blackburn nor Wigan were allowed a moment’s peace on the ball, levelling out the inequality in individual talent.

Work without the ball was one of Dickov’s main priorities over a summer of hard graft.

And the full acceptance of this by his players allows Rovers to play with confidence whoever they are up against.

Dickov says he will never send a side out with the intention of drawing.

As long as Rovers continue to press in such a manner, it will never appear they are on the defensive.

And it also allows them to spring into attack in an instant. Intensity without the ball brings intensity with it.

Another huge positive of the approach is that opposition supporters are left frustrated and that will be important on the road.

So as long as the thin squad holds together, expect more of the same at Charlton.

The Addicks got off the mark with a draw at Barnsley but are struggling with midfield personnel, having lost leader Johnnie Jackson and then replacement Dale Stephens to injury.

Their confidence may be on the up - but will it match that of Rovers?

Verdict: Away win