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In purely chronological terms 5 minutes injury time should be an irrelevant figure; 3 minutes minimum for 6 substitutions, with the goal coming after 2 and half. I would think, however, that in psychological terms, 5 minutes places the impetus firmly with Villa. Had it been 3 minutes I think Rovers would have had the stronger momentum to hold out. Unfortunate.
On reflection league One was a walk in park for Rovers and Wigan. Both are finding the challenge of championship football more difficult and that is an obvious statement. You have to work harder for your chances and slip ups tend to be punished more. It doesnt take much though to turn and average championship team in PL contenders. You just need a decent manager with a reasonable amount of funding. Look what Cardiff, Huddersfield and Wolves have achieved under similar circumstances....Burnley too ....anyway Rovers look in good shape so far and i hope harsh lessons dished out to Rovers in the past have been learned. The main lesson is do not rock a steady boat in the pursuit of a delusional quick fix. Its not only Rovers who have fell for that one. Look at where Ipswich are now after parting company with Mick McCarthy. He wasnt creating a memorable legacy but they were not bottom of the league when he was in charge.