276 Rovers fans made the trip to York, hopeful of seeing a few goals. They were met by a firing squad of Black & Red Shirt.
Now I know what you’re thinking, It’s only preseason and Its York City. Yes, I know, but our friendlies normal consist of some 1-0 wins and losses and some boring draws.
9 July 2016 – SV Ried 0–1 Blackburn Rovers
16 July 2016 Bury 0–1 Blackburn Rovers
16 July 2016 Morecambe 0–0 Blackburn Rovers
19 July 2016 Rochdale 1–1 Blackburn Rovers
23 July 2016 Blackpool 1–1 Blackburn Rovers
30 July 2016 Blackburn Rovers 1–1 Girona
31 July 2016 Notts County 1–0 Blackburn Rovers
It was a real statement of intent, that we are coming out swinging and if you are in the way you’re going to get bruised.
Having played with three at the back last season, the match against York saw it back on show. With Ryan Nyambe, Elliott Ward and captain Derrick Williams.
Paul Caddis and Jack Doyle offered pace down the flanks, with Corry Evans and Willem Tomlinson the motors in midfield.
Up front new boys Bradley Dack and Ben Gladwin were in rotation along with Liam Feeney.
We generally haven’t had an awful lot of goal production from our midfield over recent years, so with 5 of the 8 goals coming from midfielders, it’s a refreshing sight.
The biggest winner from this friendly may well be Caddis. With Mowbray ready to make a decision on whether to hand the full back a contract, Caddis pulled off an absolutely fabulous performance bagging 2 goals for himself and an assist.
Gladwin and Dack were the 2 other stand out performances. They both seemed to be involved with everything going forward, both getting on the scoresheet and both getting assists.
Graham and Bennett came on as part of a mass exchange with 20 minutes left and within 5 minutes, Bennett sent an inch perfect cross for Graham to slot away.
With 6 minutes left, Bennett thought it was time he got a goal and what an absolute wonder goal it was.
— Adriano Moke (@AdrianoMoke) July 18, 2017
Players got more minutes and the fans got a show. We just seem levels ahead what we have been at this stage in previous years. Mowbray’s got them working hard on the training ground and it appears to be paying off.
Rovers will step up their test on Friday when the visit Morecambe.
Steele (sub Raya 69 mins), Caddis (sub Hardcastle 60 mins), Williams (c) (sub Wharton 69 mins), Feeney (sub Rankin-Costello 69 mins), Ward (sub Mulgrew 60 mins), Gladwin (sub Graham 60 mins), Dack (sub Nuttall 69 mins), Nyambe (sub Lenihan 46), Tomlinson (sub Smallwood 69 mins), Evans (sub Whittingham 60 mins), Doyle (sub Bennett 69 mins).