My thoughts on the game...
All in all, i feel sick to my stomach that we didnt close the game out. After working really hard to get ourselves 2-0, i really couldnt see any way back for City. But as soon as we scored that 2nd goal, we seemed to decide we'd done enough and decide we just wernt going to play anymore. 10 minutes still left on the clock and we couldnt get out of our half. Both their goals were soft, with ooijer making mistakes, but I am not going to blame him totally - the team have to take responsibility. Everything we had done well upto the 85th minute went out the window. No strength up front, no abilit y to hold onto the ball, no ability to pass. Before their second goal, Derbyshire had a chance to hold onto the ball and take it into the corner, but no. He played a weak ball in the direction of Roberts and needlessly gave tha ball away, with only 1 minute of the game to go.
Saying that, there were more positives from the game than negatives. Lets start with the one real negative. I am seriously starting to wonder about how stupid our players actually are. They make some really really poor decisions. Twice in the second half, we had chances to square the ball in their area, but instead, Emerton and Ooijer decided to shoot from angles they were never going to score from. For fucks sake lads, this is team game - get your heads up and find a man in the centre who has a better chance of scoring. There were many other points in the match where players really did take the wrong option.
Now, the positives - first and formost, I think Roberts had his best game in a Rovers shirt. He was strong, quick, and really made chances for himself and players around him. He also seems to have a really good working relationship with McCarthy, and they seem to feed off each other really well. He still needs to work on his finishing, but credit where credits due, he was excellent yesterday.
I thought McCarthy, Roberts, Pederson and Emerton all seemed to be on the same wavelength yesterday, and for the first time in ages, i really believed we were going to score. We looked like making chances and looked like we were going to put them away - something we didnt have in the 5 games before Ince left. I really like the way Big Sam has got McCarthy, Roberts, Pederson and Emerton working together, feeding off each other, and making good chances.
We still look shakey at the back though - City had three really really really good chances in the first half - they should've been out of sight really. There is some serious work to be done there