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MetiNews.Com - Ben Garner's Bristol Rovers will learn plenty from their 1-1 draw with Burton Albion on Saturday
Breaking News ! A draw at home to Burton Albion is unlikely to live long in anyone's memory, but it could prove to be an important lesson in the progression of Ben Garner's Bristol Rovers. The Gas, who entered the game after successive League One wins, were far from at their best at the Mem as the game ended 1-1. But despite a stodgy performance lacking in fluency, they should have won regardless – creating more than enough chances to win the game and failing to fully capitalise after being gifted a goal. Neal Eardley's awful defensive header was pounced on by James Daly in the 52nd minute, but Rovers did not make it count with Kane Hemmings stabbing home from a poorly-defended corner 11 minutes from time. Garner's Gas may not have gained three points, and the feeling at full time was akin to that of a defeat, but his young side will benefit hugely from the experience. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now A valuable lesson in game management Rovers, perhaps, delivered their least fluent performance of the season on Saturday, with Burton effective in their attempts to knock the Gas out of their rhythm. The Brewers tailored their gameplan with a point in mind, sitting deep and bleeding the clock when possible, tricks Garner’s Gas haven’t been afraid to use in the past. Despite Burton making the game a stuttering one, Rovers were gifted the lead less than 10 minutes into the second half when Eardley horribly misjudged a headed back pass, and Daly capitalised to score for the second consecutive week. It was just the kind of moment Rovers needed to break the game open, and it should have set them up for victory. Read More Related Articles Ben Garner demands Bristol Rovers learn from sloppiness that proved costly against Burton Albion Read More Related Articles 'A mixed bag' - How the Bristol Rovers players rated following draw against Burton Albion But instead of ramming home their advantage, Rovers allowed Burton back into the game by ceding territory and sagging towards their own goal. The equaliser finally arrived 11 minutes from time, but it had been on the cards long before that. Garner’s players will be frustrated that they were sparked into life by the goal and created several chances to win it in the final 10 minutes. They had more than enough quality to beat a workmanlike Burton side, and had they attacked the final 35 minutes of the game with the right mentality and intensity victory would have been close to certain. League One is a very honest league and teams will stay in games. This young Rovers team learned a lesson in the importance of seizing the initiative and killing games off. Garner, too, will need to assess his impact on the game from the touchline. The pattern of the game following Rovers' goal was apparent and the equaliser had been 20 minutes or more in the making. Could he have made changes earlier in an attempt to halt Burton's momentum? Read More Related Articles Bristol Rovers 1-1 Burton Albion recap: Daly on target for Gas but Brewers worthy of point Set-pieces, again Defending set plays has been a major issue for the Gas so far this season, with goals shipped from corners and free-kicks against Ipswich, Doncaster and Lincoln in the short season so far. That trend continued on Saturday as the Gas couldn’t cope with a well-delivered Joe Powell corner, and Hemmings reacted fastest to scramble home.
. If they are to achieve any of their aims this season, they must defend their box better.
James Daly celebrates scoring against Burton
James Daly flourishing Had there been the usual 7,000 or so at the Mem on Saturday, 20-year-old would certainly have departed to a standing ovation when substituted in the final 20 minutes. Daly has all the makings of a fan favourite having found his scoring touch in the past seven days, and he exerts himself to the maximum every time he takes to the pitch. His goal on Saturday was a classic predatory striker’s finish, gambling on a defensive error and capitalising with a cool finish. The nature of his game, with no ball deemed a lost cause, suggests he will score plenty more goals like this.
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Daly, through no fault of his own, was in danger of becoming something of a forgotten man due to injury, illness and the pandemic, but he is maturing nicely into a key part of the starting XI. And with two goals in two games, he has undoubtedly enjoyed the best seven days of his young career. Strength on the bench There have been times in his tenure, when looking over his shoulder at the bench, Garner would have longed for more depth at his disposal and game-changers to call upon. Saturday’s game did not yield three points, but there was one encouraging sign for the future. The Gas had a bench including impact players Erhun Oztumer, Jayden Mitchell-Lawson and Sam Nicholson, plus a nice blend of experience and young talent in the likes of Cam Hargreaves, Alfie Kilgour and Ed Upson.
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With Jonah Ayunga, Mark Little, Alex Rodman, Ben Liddle and others to come into the frame, there is clear evidence of Rovers’ effectiveness in the transfer market. Garner has strength in depth to call on, and healthy competition for places, which is undoubtedly a good sign as the calendar becomes more cluttered in this shortened season. Is it time to shuffle the pack? With that in mind, after selecting the same XI for three league games in succession, it is probably time for Garner to make some tweaks to his side.
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Wholesale changes are not required with Rovers unbeaten in four in all competitions and on a decent run, but he has plenty of quality players in reserve who are champing at the bit to start. The defence for most of the start of the season has been solid in open play, so there appears no need to change the back five or the goalkeeper. But in attack, Garner has serious options and Oztumer, Nicholson and Mitchell-Lawson are all strong candidates for a start at Shrewsbury on Tuesday.
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