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No illusions for Berg now

No illusions for Berg now

Rovers manager Henning Berg got the baptism of fire we feared after a defeat started his Rovers reign off on the wrong foot with a 2-0 loss at Selhurst Park to a vibrant Crystal Palace.

Rovers were second best and deservedly lost but could the defeat actually come as a blessing in disguise for our new Norwegian gaffer?

The performance shed light on some key area of the fields which Berg needs to pay immediate attention to...

Central midfield - a real weak spot which you wouldn't have thought would be the case at the start of the season with Murphy and Etuhu both very experienced and no mugs. But there is a real absence of legs in the battle station part of the pitch without Jason Lowe available.

Berg will need to find a way to plug the gaps.

Wingers - Short of Morten Pedersen and the until Saturday invisible Simon Vukcevic Rovers don't really have any out and out wingers. There is talent there in the shape of Ruben Rochina, Mauro Formica and Colin Kazim-Richards but none of the above names are specialist wingers.

A formation to suit our lack of genuine width or a sneaky loan signing wouldn't go a miss. Could be better than putting square pegs into round holes?

Jordan Rhodes - Genuine talent, but on more than one occasion this season starved of service. He's often left alone to fight a lone battle up front without much support.

We need to find a way to give him something to feed off. More balls into the box from wide areas and someone alongside him just to give him a bit of help wouldn't hurt.

With Murphy and Etuhu I don't think 4-4-2 is going to suit, and with 4-5-1 Rhodes is left to his own devices.

There are conundrums to solve for Berg but at least he won't be under any illusions that this will be an easy job.

But his animated touchline antics and willingness to try and correct mistakes already put him two steps ahead of his also bald predecessor.

It may take a few weeks for Berg to stamp his authority on this side but it's time he deserves to have.



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Writer:Mikey Delap
Date:Monday November 5 2012
Time: 12:16PM

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I remember Brian Kidd and Paul Ince both being very animated on the touchline. A fat lot of good it did them and Rovers!
dallydally
05/11/2012 12:25:00
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There's no drive in mid-field, we're too ponderous when we get the ball and there's little or no outlet in the wide areas. By the time we play the ball any where near Rhodes he's marked. The need for speed is obvious but a sense of greater urgency wouldn't go amiss. Too many are not putting in a full shift and I'm hoping that's something Berg's working on immediately.
mobyduck
05/11/2012 13:48:00
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Big Sam, Hughes and Souness were all very animated as well - did it do them any good? Is was merely comparing to Kean ;)
Mikey Delap
05/11/2012 14:34:00
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Spot on on all our problems in this article!
dunn8
05/11/2012 20:12:00
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He'll get it right - he has spotted all the problems already, and he hasn't lied about it!
FreidelNo.1
06/11/2012 13:09:00
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