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Rovers took part in something of a bonanza yesterday with two games in one afternoon.

The Rovers first and youth teams were essentially split into two to take part in friendlies against Accrington Stanley first, with Morecambe following shortly after.And with Rover23 away on holiday and Sasman a decent plane trip away we invited VBer StJimmy to have a crack at a match report for us.

Accrington

Rovers named a first 11 that included several first team players with a trialist at right back, a youth player in Midfield and a Reserve in a central DM role.

Robinson

Ribeiro. Hanley. Givet. Olsson

Andrews. Linganzi Knowles. MGP

Hoilett

Kalinic


The game started in typical friendly fashion in that both teams were very cautious in the early opening exchanges. Accrington almost took the lead after when Olsson who was playing at left back hit a weak back pass back to Robinson and Accrington Trialist Kurtis Guthrie fortunately hit a weak effort into Robinson's hands. This clearly rallied Rovers and started getting more into the game with some good pass and move football.

After 15 minutes, Rovers took the lead through Keith Andrews after a lovely build up and a 1-2 with Kalinic, Andrews showed great composure to finish calmly into the bottom corner.

Around the half hour mark, Junior pulled up and had to be taken off. He was replaced by Micah Evans who was impressive all game

The game entered into a quiet affair with most of the noise coming from the standing Rovers fans, with the occasional cheer from the 20 or so Accrington fans.

Rovers were well on top after the initial shaky period in the opening stages. And went into half time 1 goal to the good!

Second Half

I must admit I missed the Accrington goal due to the long queues at the food kiosk! But it was a straightforward cross and heading into the corner.

Rovers took the lead around 10 minutes later with a goal from Niko Kalinic. A looping cross was sent over and caused confusion between the Stanley keeper and defender and Niko was there at the right place and right time as was evidenced last season against Everton and Man City

The game was labouring on at typical friendly pace. Rovers were introducing their youth team into proceedings such as Cotton, Henley and Kean. The youngsters were keen to make an impression and were clearly dominating the game without actually playing great. Grant Hanley almost made it 3-1 but Accrington held on to keep the score at a respectable 2-1.

My Verdict

Typical friendly with a good following from Rovers fans. A good workout for the team who didn't have it all their own way at times. I was impressed particularly with Micah Evans. He filled Juniors boots with ease and he'll be one to watch when he emerges from our youth team.

I have to go on the record that our trialist looked very nervous and lost the ball on numerous occasions but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt as it was the first time playing in the Rovers squad, so I'll give him chance to settle himself down. After all Salgado struggled initially and now he's one of the most consistent players Rovers have.

Man of the Match

Andrews; by far our best player in a game that was short on quality but Keith put in a decent game and looked good but not spectacular.

Morecambe

After an hour of waiting and discussing all things Rovers, a strong side emerged for the game against Morecambe.

Bunn

Salgado Anderson Samba Gunning

Nzonzi

Emerton

Dunn

Formica

Blackman

Roberts


The opening exchanges between the two sides were a stark contrast to the first game. Both teams hungry for the ball and Morecambe making more of an impression in front of their home fans. Rovers struggled to get a foothold into the game and it showed when Morecambe took the lead through Jevons who volleyed in a long ball into the box. Morecambe were clearly the more positive side going into half time.

However Rovers had their chances but ultimately the lack of composure meant we went into half time 1-0 down.

The second half started in the same vein as the lead up to half time but slowly one player was emerging and was looking very good on and off the ball; one Mauro Formica. He was slowly growing in confidence and seeing a lot more of the ball. He looked very good at keeping the ball and staying on his feet, dinking past players. Not in the same vein as Messi or Maradona I hasten to add.

Slowly but surely as the fans were in full voice, Rovers started to find their rythmn but couldnt find a way past a stubborn Morecambe defence. We made a break through with Nick Blackman bursting into the box and being blatantly hacked down. But no penalty. This seemed to galvanise Rovers and we were soon on level terms through that man Mauro Formica. A header down to his feet and he burst into the box and rifled home past the Morecambe keeper.

The game then just fizzled out with a few chances, none of which of note and the game duly ended 1 a piece. A fair reflection on both teams efforts.

My Verdict

A closely fought game than anticipated. Some good football played by both teams. A strong workout which exactly what is needed. Not the best of games but that's only to be expected in pre-season. The ball was moved about at ease at times. Whether Rovers can replicate that in the upcoming season remains to be seen. Myles Anderson looked pretty good I must say and was impressed with him.

Man of the Match

Formica, he was slow at the start of the game but as the game wore on he became more confident. Took his goal well. Long may it continue!




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The Journalist

Writer: StJimmy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 17 2011

Time: 3:26PM

Your Comments

Thank you kindly to Jimmy for sorting us out with a live match report here!
Mikey Delap
andrews always puts in a good effort and the grief he gets off the fans is pathetic i think in both games our strikers let us down kalinic and roberts had enough chances to get a few goals but same old story like it was last season creating chances but not putting them away so yesterday showed more so why we are in need of a couple of goal scorers i thought formica was brilliant though
cboyer
Brilliant news that Formica looked good. I know it's only a preseason friendly, and against Morecambe at that, but you've got to start somewhere and a decent shift + a goal will only boost his confidence.
rossp2112
Well done young jimmy ,as I said your a fans people's person representing and listening and talking to us all! We created chances and shame lacked the a ability to put many away , Dunn played well,Salgado always puts effort in .Jason tried hard but his final touch /timing was amiss .I expected us to thrash both teams , but guess friendlys are often played like this, as not wanting to gain any injuries . Fans all mentioned they liked the shirt
Roversally
It's good to hear formica played well but no rochina? Sounds as if we were missing a goal scorer comin venkys put in a solid bid for cisse!!
marshinrover
i think rochina was injured
cboyer
Great match report, and some positive things to take from the game
glen9mullan
We didn't lose and the lads had a good workout which is the main thing. I hope there's more to come from Formica after his goal. Any opinions on how Ribeiro got on at right back?
ITSALLROVER
As has been said. Ribeiro was disappointing. Yes it was his first time in the team but I had hoped that we would have seen more talent emerge from someone with his pedigree. I expect Rochina is still not fully fit after his shoulder operation at the end of the season. Hope that it all went well, the club are not good at keeping fans aware of how injured players are progressing. Some clubs have a section on their web site called "Treatment Table" where fans can enter to find out the latest info. You say "Dunn played well" yes his passing was good but he is still too slow to bother to get back and help defend, just walks or jogs slowly when he should be running back to help. Twice he was caught offside, after the whistle had gone and the defenders had given up he went on to shoot, I suppose hoping to get a match report saying he scored a goal which was disallowed, both shots were well wide of the target in fact one hit the roof of the stand. If only Accrington Stanley or Morecambe would put in a bid for him so that we could bring a youngster with pace into the squad.
r.waterfall
As has been said. Ribeiro was disappointing. Yes it was his first time in the team but I had hoped that we would have seen more talent emerge from someone with his pedigree. I expect Rochina is still not fully fit after his shoulder operation at the end of the season. Hope that it all went well, the club are not good at keeping fans aware of how injured players are progressing. Some clubs have a section on their web site called "Treatment Table" where fans can enter to find out the latest info. You say "Dunn played well" yes his passing was good but he is still too slow to bother to get back and help defend, just walks or jogs slowly when he should be running back to help. Twice he was caught offside, after the whistle had gone and the defenders had given up he went on to shoot, I suppose hoping to get a match report saying he scored a goal which was disallowed, both shots were well wide of the target in fact one hit the roof of the stand. If only Accrington Stanley or Morecambe would put in a bid for him so that we could bring a youngster with pace into the squad.
r.waterfall
I think they done a good job, as cboyer said keith andrews played a brilliant game and commanded midfield plus got a goal. I cant say im a big fan of him but since he came back from injury he has been on fire. He played brilliantly for Ireland since he came back. I think he deserves to stay.
stevekally
"Impressed with Myles Andreson" - thats one player who really needs to play well and win over the fans!
FreidelNo.1
 

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