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3 things we clearly learnt about Bristol Rovers in their win vs MK Dons

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Bristol Rovers moved even further up the table in the EFL League One following an impressive 1-0 home win over strugglers MK Dons.

In the first half, Tom Nichols failed to convert a header from an Alex Rodman cross, before dragging a shot against goal after being set up by Tyler Smith inside the area.

Liam Sercombe had a shot tipped over the bar at the start of the second half during the one-way traffic before Tom Davies has a header cleared off the line.

Davies wasn’t to be denied his first Gas goal though shortly after, when he volleyed a Luke Leahy cross into the net to make it 1-0.

Here, we take a look at three things that we learnt from Bristol Rovers’ latest win…

The side doesn’t have to rely on JCH

With the news that main striker Jonson Clarke-Harris was set to miss a month in the lead-up to this game, Bristol Rovers fans would have been worried about how their side would approach this game in an attacking sense.

However, Tom Nichols and Tyler Smith stood up to the test, performing well against a physical defence as the midfield behind them gave them both the opportunity to express themselves.

Ollie Clarke may struggle to get back into the side

Midfielder Ollie Clarke, who took over the captaincy following Tom Lockyer’s departure in the summer, has been out with an injury recently but may find it increasingly difficult to get back into this Bristol Rovers side.

The current midfield three of Ed Upson, Abu Ogogo and Liam Sercombe have performed well lately and the three currently seem undroppable as Bristol Rovers march on up the league table.

Clarke will have to prove himself as a leader within the dressing room and on the pitch as well as play himself back into form if he’s going to regain his spot in the midfield.

Cameron Hargreaves is a talent

Promising midfielder from the academy, Cameron Hargreaves, was handed his league debut as a substitute by Graham Coughlan on Saturday and he didn’t disappoint.

Hargreaves played well as part of the midfield three as he looked to get the ball forward quickly with some driving runs and despite being small in size, the youngster wasn’t scared to put his foot in and win the ball when he was called upon to perform his defensive duties.

Coughlan clearly trusted Hargreaves to be good enough in the game while Rovers weren’t cruising, and the midfielder proved to Coughlan just why he can be trusted in the future.

Do Bristol Rovers have enough to maintain their good start?

Yes

Yes

No

No

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